Seattle’s EPA Radnet radiation spikes with downpour Sept 5-6, 2013.

[Nuance-adding disclaimer: Added Jan 8, 2014:  Until lab tests are performed on rain samples at the time of radiation spikes, no statement about the cause of the observed elevated radiation measurements can be made scientifically: neither that it’s natural, nor that it’s from Fukushima.  It requires lab tests.  Blogpost otherwise left unchanged.  DISCLAIMER]

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Sept 6, 2013  – DISCLAIMER & Share Policy
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The radiation measurements aren’t just spiking on site at the Fukushima-Daiichi NPP.  Apparently they spike thousands of miles away as well, at least a little bit, every now and then, especially when it rains...   [ Sept 15 add-in: See also: rain-radiation correlation graphed for Salt Lake City, Utah ]

Well, at least some monitors show significant spikes, like the Seattle one at the moment…   All the Seattle Times reported is that, Rain eases up but will return: The Seattle area will dry out for a few hours today, but light showers are expected. […]”, which suggests (see graphs below), that just as seen in Germany, small amounts of fallout appear to be raining down in the Pacific Northwest…

EPA testing the rain?  Nope, ever since May 2011, they’ve been in nothing-to-see-here “routine mode”: they’ll test the absolute substandard minimum some 4 times per year.  Come on, EPA, gather rain samples and do your monitoring job…  Jeez…  (What is up with this country?)  Anyhow:

Just pointing out the obvious.  I haven’t seen spikes like that before.  Check the date and note the spike on the current measurements for Gamma in Seattle, WA:

Data: US EPA Radnet Click image for latest at http://epa.gov/radnet/radnet-data/index.html#mapframe

Data: US EPA Radnet
Click image for latest at
http://epa.gov/radnet/radnet-data/index.html#mapframe

See that spike at the end? That’s Sept 5 & 6, 2013.   I looked around on many of the other monitors, and it’s the most pronounced spike I’ve seen anywhere.  Compare to March 2011.

I tried to zoom in on the last week using the “query Tool”, which is prone to crashing: https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/query.do  No luck this time.

The most common result of an EPA search at https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/query.do

The most common result of an EPA search at https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/query.do

[9:30 pm added-on after posting earlier today:] After some more attempts, I got through.  Strangely, the Gross Beta shows a complete flatline (all valuess o.oooo).  Beta monitoring must have been turned off?

I plotted this week’s Gamma Energy Range 3, showing spikes of 200% above the normal natural fluctuation range:

seattle_rain_graph

See also these previous recent blogposts related to Pacific Northwest Radiation:

And given that the recent spikes seen on the Seattle’s EPA radnet graphs are more pronounced than in March 2011 (see HERE and add above graph to the comparisson), I’d like to add this little graph (left, ST April 5, 2011) I came across that shows what was in the air in March 2011.  Anyone’s guess what’s in the air now…

Additional hints that the EPA and universities threw in the towel way too early on the monitoring in April-May 2011:

If I were Japan, or any nuclear regulatory agency with a hint of backbone and genuine care for the wellbeing of humanity…, I would declare an all-hands-on-deck ‘Planetary Emergency’; order a swift transfer of the response efforts management from Tepco to the Japanese military, with unlimited assistance welcomed from military and private nuclear experts from the US, Russia, France, the UK, Belgium, etc.; recruit workers internationally (r/t travel, room, board & stipend paid); have political and corporate powerhouses commit whatever-it-takes unlimited resources with explicit backing by the world’s central banks (Why not, right?  Consider the alternative: a radioactive health-hazardous planet, where getting cancer in the prime of one’s life becomes the norm rather than the exception.  Maybe I’m naive, but it could be a prospect even moneyed elites might be challenged to enjoy, yes?); as well as get NGOs, anthropologists, communication facilitators, etc. involved to assist in bringing about a clear and honest prompt information flow culture and disaster response operations transparency for accurate reporting.  I suppose we may have to overhaul the global political system while we’re at it.

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–> PS:  KpI did check for solar storms and geomagnetic disturbances (at http://www.solarham.net/) to see if those contributed to gamma ray spikes, and there was nothing of that nature going on.

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[Last Updated: Sept 6, 2013 9:55pm  Mountain Time

Link added at the beginning Sept 15, 2013: Salt Lake City data

Nuance-adding disclaimer: Added Jan 8, 2014 Until lab tests are performed on rain samples at the time of radiation spikes, no statement about the cause of the observed elevated radiation measurements can be made scientifically: neither that it’s natural, nor that it’s from Fukushima.  It requires lab tests.  Blogpost otherwise left unchanged. 

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