Earlier this week I posed a question, here, and on ENEnews.
The raised issue is elaborated upon in the previous blog post, “Additional Ponderings Re. Pacific Ocean Ecological Crisis. Wondering about Effects of a speculated Fukushima-induced Polonium-210 (Alpha-emitting) surge’s on Sea Life. Iodine-131, Cobalt-60, Cesium-134 & Neobium-95 detected in Europe (May 2015!)“, the writing of which was a bit of a journey. This the short version. the long version is a bit disorganized, with an almost-ADD intro, that jumps from relevant stuff to music videos, stuff about the nuclear mafia, a book I read and recommend, and other tangents.
The key part, however, includes decay chains images and solid data, links to various articles and background. If you can tolerate (or enjoy?) that mixture, you might agree the concern is far from invalid.
Rephrased, with a little more thought put into it, this is the gist:
Are any of the dead or diseased beached Pacific sea life reported along the North American and Japanese coasts, being tested for Lead-206?
And the reasoning behind that question was twofold:
1) It’s the very end of the radioactive decay chain of Uranium, of which an unknown amount was aerosolized during the very beginning of the Fukushima-Daiichi multiple meltdown mess, undoubtedly together with many other interacting isotopes further along in the radioactive decay process.
2) Additionally specifically rousing my curiosity is likely unintended man-made production of very hot alpha-decaying Polonium-210, which turns into Lead-206.
On the second idea: namely Po-210 perhaps having been directly created artificially: Through bombarding bismuth-209 with neutrons in the meltdown rubble. Bi-209 + neutrons => forms bismuth-210, which has a half-life of 5 days. Bismuth-210 decays into polonium-210 through beta decay. Polonium-210 has a half-life of 138.39 days, and becomes Pb-206.
Where do I get that there was (perhaps still is) neutron bombardment happening in the rubble? Well, a lot of Cobalt-60 has been released from Fukushima, most likely due to massive neutron bombardment of steel. (More indications that was the case are mentioned in the previous blogpost.)
And where do I get that there was Bismuth-209 in the rubble to be bombarded with neutrons in the first place? Lead-209 (half life only 3.2 hours) beta-decays into Bi-209. When stable Lead-208 (natural stable lead is about 1% Pb-204, 24% Pb-206, 22% Pb-207, and 53% Pb-208) is bombarded with neutrons it becomes Pb-209. So in an intense neutron-bombardment environment, which the Fukushima meltdown rubble was, it is rather likely that lead, used for radiation shielding and thus likely present in the rubble in large amounts, gave rise to a Polonium-210 surge.
If there was a spike on Po-210, it would not per se show up in a radioactivity test, as it may have already decayed away into stable Pb-206. As far as its effect on sea life, I’m merely speculating, but if the concentrations were significant, there could be damage due to alpha radiation, accompanied with lead poisoning signs. And then there’s the little-known fact that Alpha-Radiation creates hydrogen peroxide upon tissue impact.
For more, see the Additional Ponderings
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