A Mix: Music Videos, Radiation Data, Ponderings: Cs-137 increases in Winter? / Cobalt-60 as a Fukushima Tracer: CONFIRMED , Some Finnish DATA / + (!!!) Complete Cs137/Cs134/I131/Co60/K40/Be7 Record for Radiation Monitor @ CERN, Switzerland

Greetings!   

Another mix of a blogpost… An important one, if I may say so…

On the media surface of things, it sure resembles something awefully TOTALITARIAN sometimes… This “United States of America” (the only country whose constitution I’ve actually read…), or what’s left of it.

WOW just WOW…     Holy shit…  LOL.  Check this out…

 (— Excuse me for starting with a little throw-up session –

It’s FOR PRACTICE PURPOSES ONLY. ;-D  —

//// The video I had here got pulled (due “copyright infringement”, etc.), but if you search for the “Donald Trump Music Jam” or “Freedom Girls”, you’ll find it.  ////

…talk about psychopathic hollow populist nationalistic propaganda bullsit… Damn close to North Korea , if you go by this Donald Trump rally jam…

Because “making it disappear” is being actively pursued, people have made spoof versions and mixed it, so as to create “original content that can’t be pulled as easily, like this one:

LOL..

Anyhow.  Let me change the tone just a bit back to sanity…

Here:  Masters of War, by Bob Dylan:

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From my at times quite radioactivehermitage’*…

…in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Jan. 20, 2016

Home

If you know where to look for a tiny white dot in the trees at the foot of these majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains (Southern Colorado near New Mexico), you can see where I’m writing this from.  ;-)     (Yeah… I’ve been called, “Emperor of Recriticalities” ( “再臨界帝王”, by Twitter user @kokikokiya), but, more recently, in Japan, now I’m [*] also known as a “Hermit Blogger in Colorado” ;-)  (@ Invent Solitude, http://inventsolitude.sblo.jp).    Thanks, folks.  That’s funny.  ;-)    .)

ROLLING…

  • Blogpost Soundtrack:  Ashes to Ashes, by David Bowie

“[…] The shrieking of nothing is killing me
Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis
And I ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair
But I’m hoping to kick but the planet is glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie […]”

R.I.P.   What an artist…  What a life…  What a loss…   And yet another one… killed by cancer
  • Seasonal Fallout Upticks?

Something quite odd was brought to my attention recently (tx/ Pvwiv):  an apparent seasonal pattern in Cesium-137 detections, with upticks centered around New Year’s (January & December).  At this location (in a valley in the Swiss Alps near the border with Italy), a less pronounced uptick seems to also occur in-between the higher spike times.   This patterns doesn’t show up thís clearly on other monitors (or not at all), but is visually immediately apparent at the Cadenazzo monitor in Switzerland. See below.

I access European data through EURDEP, but each country usually has its own portal too; in contrast to most other countries the Swiss site is at least as good, if not better, than EURDEP’s.  Here’s an annotated sceenshot of the strangeness:

HappyNewYearReleases_Cadenazzo_CH

Unfortunately, the data here only began in mid-2012, so it cannot be ascertained whether or not this is a long-term thing, or if perhaps it began or became more pronounced since spring 2011 as a result of Fukushima’s spewing Cauldrons of Hell.

What makes it double-odd is that in winter soils tend to be sealed with snow.  Thus it seems unlikely that old-time deposits of Cs-137 (from pre-Fukushima accidents like Chernobyl (1986) and the Cold War militaries bomb testing era (1945-1992)) are whipped up more in winter.  To the contrary, I would think.  But perhaps there is a wind or precipitaion pattern that could explain this? [Added from the comment section: A very good possibility for explaining this odd pattern is wood burning in winter with wood from Chernobyl-contaminated forests. The minor summer upticks could be due to wildfires.  This would also explain the increased values in spring 2015, when wildfires in the highly contaminated  Chernobyl  region were ranging.}

In this blogpost, I’ll look at data from a few longer records to see if I can find any clues to whether or not this is a post-2011 thing, or something that’s been that way, for some reason, since Cesium-137 was added to the environment since the mid-1940s.

Let’s see…

Currently, looking at ‘past week’ data on EURDEP, it’s been oddly quiet as far as radioisotope detections go. (Odd because of the many gamma, alpha and beta upticks observed in the past month(s)- see examples  in my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.).  This past week, there have been Cs-137 detections at 6 out of 7 monitors in snowed-over Finland, though.    And also @ both monitors in Croatia.  Cyprus, not shown here, always detects some Cs-137, though not in abnormal concentrations lately (on the low side, actually).    (Also: For some reason, most monitors aren’t monitoring, which is why there’s so little data now.  But that aside…)

Jan19_2016_Cs137_EuropeNorth_1week

At one of the most-northern monitors in Finland, @ IVALO, the record started in May 2011, and shows the tail end of elevated Iodine-131 & Cesium-137 detections, following the Fukushima-Daiichi meltdowns in mid-March 2011:

IVALO_Suomi_May22_2011_3monthsAfter_Cs137_I131_EURDEP

2011 data

As you can see in the record, the I-131 levels drop to below minimum detectable concentrations quickly (only LLD values, though at times the LLD levels are set higher than the spike levels of spring 2011… get the data details via EURDEP for more).  For the next composites, I left the y-axis the same is in the 2011 graphs above.

Shown next, the only I-131 detections AT THIS MONITOR occurred in January-February 2012, and, very peculiar, a significant uptick in March & April 2015 (part of a wave of “strange” upticks, which, that following May 2015 also included detections of Manganese-54, Niobium-95, Cobalt-60, Cesium-134 & others  – as I documented in posts such as Pink Unicorns beach themselves on the shores of Lake Dystopia, and many more found in my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.

At Ivalo, Finland, these were the I-131 detections (and Cs-137 concentrations in the top black line) since 2011, which only occurred in these 3 month periods:

AllPost2011_I131_detections_pre2016_Ivalo_Suomi

2012 & 2015 data

Have you heard about the investigation into those peculiar spring 2015 detections, how the investigative journalists and researchers followed various clue trails to their most likely source?   Was it a comforting conclusion?  [Sarc.]  [Yeah…, the whole thing – poof – just disappeared from the news, I guess ’cause “them weird upticks” didn’t come from anywhere near the Finnish monitors and “them experts” couldnt figure it out…   Uh-huh… Yeah…   Gotcha.]

Those Spring 2015 upticks in both Cs-137 & I-131 were also the last time that Cs-137 reached that high of a concentration until this past week.

Cesium-137 (black line in the graphs), however, rarely passes above that first 6E-07 Bq/m^3 concentration.  Albeit without I-131 detections so far, it just did this past week:

Jan20_2016_3pastmonths_Cs137_I131_EURDEP

You dont think that’s even “a little weird” in as snowed-under landscape, where old-time Cs-137 deposits are near-certain to be NOT A FACTOR??

At this monitoring location, the fluctuations are small; and I can’t spot a seasonal pattern over the years either .

The Cs-137 (and Pb-210) upticks recently were more pronounced in far-northern Norway and Finland, as relayed in my recent post, HELSINKI, Finland: Data Confirms Something’s Up: Highest Cesium-137 Detections in Years.  No Cs-137 seasonal pattern can be seen at the Helsinki monitor either.   Let’s look at some more stuff…

One of the longest records closer to the Cadenazzo monitor is the Swiss monitor right near CERN.  So…  Here it is, the complete…

  • Cs-137 + Cs-134 + I-131 + Co-60 + K-40 + Be-7 Radiation Record for CERN, Switzerland

Strangely… right this past summer (2015), when the first signs of highly unusual upticks began to show up on monitors as mere ‘disturbances’ (which became far more pronounced in November-December 2015 and continue at the onset of 2016), the monitor @ CERN, Switzerland  appears to have GONE SILENT, or more accurately: Switzerland stopped relaying its data via EURDEP… :-/

(Why? I don’t know… Um… ‘Cause Europe is in deep trouble, and even the Swiss Army Chief is calling people to *GET ARMED*, claiming that, “the basis for Swiss prosperity is in danger”???…  Nevermind… )

So, I’ll look at CERN radiation data via the Swiss site instead, @ http://www.radenviro.ch/en-GB/measures/3#measures-graph, showing “a nice decade of data”:

Cs-137:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_Cs137

Notice how the ‘gaps’ dissapeared?

Alright… If you look very closely you do already see some kind of upticks here too around the change of calendar years.   Because the spike throws off the y-axis, here’s the same data, minus the F1 event,  RIGHT BEFORE:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_Cs137Before-F1

Higher than usual upticks in early Winter 2004-2005, and again, more pronounced in winter 2006.  Not extreme, but those rise above the following 4 winters’ levels.

What is véry striking, though, that there is very clearly an Cs-137 WINTER UPTICK PATTERN visible in the pre-Fukushima data record.

Hm… Likely a high pressure versus low pressure + fluctuating jet stream position thing…  Or maybe a precipitation aspect…  Just noting things.    Interesting… 

And here’s the RIGHT AFTER:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_Cs137_AFTER-F1

The winter 2011-2012 uptick is higher than usual still, but not extraordinarily.  The Winter uptick pattern persists, and NOT in a more than pre-Fukushima way.  Why this is, I have no idea.  Some kind of seasonal wind / precipitaion / ???  pattern?   Anyhow, it is hereby now known that upticks in winter ought to be studied even more closely, so it can be understood why this is the case.

[Grad students, GO AT IT, I have no issue with ideas I BRING UP being followed up upon.   And as long as it is done genuinely and helpful, no credit is due.]

Cs-134:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_Cs134.gif

See that?  Yup: There’s a reason that they say that if Cs-134 (Half-life only 2 years, while Cs-137 has a half-life of about 30 years) is being detected that it is a ‘for sure’ a sign of having come from Fukushima. 

It REALLY is not that common of a detection, not even on Switserland’s or Finland’s super-sensitive sensors.    Allow me to offer a tiny diversion in this Cesium-134 vein…

This past month, there is only 1 monitor reporting Cs-134 detections in Europe, in Northern Czech Republic.   (Oh.. good ol’ Czech Republic… the memories… ;-)  … )

Cs134_2016_1.20_1mo_EURDEP

Alright, here’s something extremely striking I had not spotted before: in late Summer (Aug.-Sept) 2014, this monitor SPIKED in its Cs-134 detections, going a magnitude (x10) over what was observed shortly after Fukushima:

2_composite2011_2014_Hradec_Kralove-Piletice_CzechRepublic

Tnen no Cs134 was detected at this monitor UNTIL 2015.    In the past half year, Cs-134 detections were about one hundred TIMES below those levels (compare y-axis):

2015-2016_Cs_Cz_monitorHradec.K.P

Constant leaking from Europe’s multitude of nuclear reactors is the most likely cause of this near-constant detection of Cs-134 here.

I-131:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_I131

The only period with as many I-131 detections as right after March 2011…  sucks to say, but that has been in 2015.  :-/

Co-60:

CERNs_FUKUSHIMA_CO60_SmokingGun.gifWell well well… If that is not the SMOKING GUN of neutron bombardment activation product Cobalt-60 being a tracer for Fukushima-specific radioisotope releases (!!!), I don’t know what is.

Interesting, too, ISN’T IT ?, how a “detection limit” can spike…

I do not suspect Fukushima as the most likely culprit of “bizarre” trace radioisotope upticks all the way in Europe for no reason.   I weigh my words, and I “waste my time” researching this topic almost “as I were an insomniac”, as if there were no tomorrow.  ‘Cause I’ve seen stuff, felt stuff, that …if I take myself seriously… convinces me that, if things are not turned around radically, thát’s not that far from what’s upon us.   Us, meaning including future generations, of course.

There’s less and less data, but that little we still have do tell a story:  SOMETHING REALLY UNUSUAL IS HAPPENING.   And the fact that not even one mainstream media outlet has looked into this in earnest is troubling in and of itself.   Some samples:

Oct. 28, 2015 Detected in Helsinki Finland in October 2015: Cesium-134 & 137, Actinium-225 & 227, Cobalt-60. + Detected in Hamburg, Germany: Zirconium-97.

Aug. 1, 2015Synopsis / Improved Version: ‘Mainland USA June 14 2015 Radioactive Rain & Lichen Data Revisited’.

June 6, 2015Pink Unicorns beach themselves on the shores of Lake Dystopia (spring 2015 data, including Co-60 detections in Finland, anno 2015 ! Wind patterns make Fukushima a most likely culprit…)

Thinking I was going to blow the lid off a cover-up, I spent a small fortune on lab tests of unusually radioactive seaweeds I had gathered during my time traveling around Japan (Nov.-Dec. 2013):

One sample, mentioned in (written from Kyoto, Japan, on Nov. 18, 2013) “A Visit to Fukushima, Cut Short. With PHOTOS and Reflections.“, bought at a beach store just outside the Fukushima evacuation zone, north of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, very interestingly contained Cobalt-60 (!!!), as reported in detail in (Jan. 19, 2014),  Independent LAB TEST RESULTS: RadioIsotope Analysis of Hokkaido Kelp and other Samples – (Store-sampled in Japan Nov-Dec 2013)

Alongside my corresondence with WHOI researcher Ken Buesseler, (the end (thus far) of thát conversation can be read mid-way in one of my monster-long blog posts, HERE), I was in touch with Georg Steinhauser, known among other research for his peer-reviewed scientic paper,  Fukushima’s Forgotten Radionuclides: A Review of the Understudied Radioactive Emissions.

!-> That paper DOES NOT MENTION COBALT-60 !, and Georg, who called me up after I emailed him, back then, went out of his way to call it both a ‘spectacular’ finding, and, at the same time, that there was -get this:- ‘no way’ it could be from Fukushima, “due to lack of radioCesium”.

Non-expert without credentials as I roll, I beg to differ, still:    I think what happened is very much what NOBODY anywhere involved in the nuclear industry wants to acknowledge:  super-criticalities can occur in worst case scenarios, which come with extremely intense neutron-bombardments, which in turn can change the radioisotopic make-up of the coriums during their meltdowns.

I kid you not, there’s even a good chance Fukushima is still fissioning. 

   ‘Cause to acknowledge what really happened… would mean, in no uncertain terms, the end of industrial-scale nuclear power generation.  THE ONLY REASON we have giant nuclear power stations is because the folks that pushed for it LIED.  THEY LIED!  That’s the only reason they exist.

It’s SO RISKY, you have to be either 1) in complete denial of the risks, or 2) know the risks but be so mesmerized by money, that you care less about the well-being of future generations; to the point as to qualify as a psychopath.

Yes, those two options are IT.

May  we all be spared the cobalt blues…

K-40:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_K40.gif

Be-7:

This record very clearly shows an up-down pattern, most likely corresponding with high-pressure / low-pressure changes.  Interestingly, though, around New Year’s, the Be-7 data tends to  DIP:

CERN_SwissData_FullRecord_Be7

Interesting.

I’m sure that more detailed data & study could reveal more clues as to why some isotopes fluctuate in strangely regular patterns.

I’ll leave it at this for now.  Comments welcome

Salmon_Walmart_Jan2016.jpg

Empty shelf space @ a nearby Wallmart.  Is SALMON suddenly só popular, or are supplies beginning to slow down?  Just wondering….

Blog post is long enough as it is…

Nite!

 

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10 Responses to A Mix: Music Videos, Radiation Data, Ponderings: Cs-137 increases in Winter? / Cobalt-60 as a Fukushima Tracer: CONFIRMED , Some Finnish DATA / + (!!!) Complete Cs137/Cs134/I131/Co60/K40/Be7 Record for Radiation Monitor @ CERN, Switzerland

  1. diemos says:

    That is a fascinating yearly pattern in the airborne Cs-137 levels. The usual suspect would be resuspension of dust but you’re right that it would be unusual for that time of year.

    After mulling it over my guess would be that you’re seeing woodsmoke from burning of local trees with Cs-137 contamination. That area did have a lot of chernobyl fallout.

    And god bless the swiss, they certainly can make a good web interface.

    • MVB says:

      Wood burning in winter… Not a bad suggestion.

      • MVB says:

        And that would also explain the mini-upticks in summer as well: from (often more distant) forest fires.
        The (far more pronounced than other years) upticks in spring into summer of 2015 make sense then too: the Chernobyl wildfires added more Cs-137 to the atmosphere.

  2. hadia says:

    Danke, Michael, brave hero as ever you are: Who would dare to speak up against the “paid” nuclear lobbyists?

    Do you have any knowledge if only a minimal decrease of partial oxygenpressure, which is dangerous, could be result of any nuklides in the air? I lately suffered from 62% oxygen only! I ended up in hospital. (i am a non-smoker). But still I wonder if the partial pressure of oxygen has decreased in general – thus causing tremendous others of disease-symptoms. Oxygen is of extreme importance for the development of life. Only seconds of detaining oxygen could have desastrous health consequences for any creature.

    Since I studied 8 semesters human medicine long long ago, i still can remember the Drepanozytosis disease. But could there be a possibility that FUKU also lead to possible decrease of oxygen?

    Last night we went out with some friends from India and Canada and Hungary and Romania.
    We were joking on some Asian countries that they had little probs with pronouncing the F”
    I then asked what they were pronouncing instead?! I got the reply “B”.
    So I said to my partner today: “BUCK THEM ALL THESE NUCLEAR GREEDY MORONS”! hehe

  3. diemos says:

    http://scrippso2.ucsd.edu

    Atmospheric O2 is going down slightly but it’s from the burning of fossil fuels converting O2 to CO2.

  4. diemos says:

    As for your spike in Co-60 detection limits …

    http://www.radenviro.ch/en-GB/s/informations

    The Swiss site states that the standard procedure is to run their air filters at 600 m^3/hr for a week and then dismount them for gamma spectroscopy at the laboratory.

    The detection limit will be inversely proportional to the amount of air that you run through your filter, longer running equals more Becquerels collected equals lower limits.

    The detection limit will be inversely proportional to the amount of time squared you let the samples count in your detector.

    So there’s a trade-off between sensitivity and how much collecting time you lump together as one measurement.

    If a reactor on the other side of the world blew up and you wanted a better knowledge of the time profile of what was coming through you could decide to accelerate the schedule for changing filters and cut the counting time in order to process more samples with your equipment. But the cost of that would be that the detection limit would go up.

    • MVB says:

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      To clarify further: Do you mean that detection limit goes down from running the sampling period for longer, due to thus getting a crispier delineation between background and ‘above background’ for the specific decay energies being picked up on?

      • diemos says:

        Yup. It’s all about counting signal gammas versus background gammas.

        The number of signal gammas (S) is proportional to the number of Bq in your sample times the counting time:

        The number of Bq in your sample is proportional to the air concentration times the amount of air that you flowed through the filter.

        The number of background gammas (B) is proportional to the counting time.

        Significance is proportional to S/sqrt(B) = Air concentration x Total Air flow X counting time / sqrt(counting time) = Air Concentration x Total Air Flow x sqrt(counting time)

        So doubling the total air flow allows you to make an equally significant measurement with half the air concentration.

        Halving the total air flow allows you to make an equally significant measurement with twice the air concentration.

        Quadrupling the counting time allows you to make an equally significant measurement with half the air concentration.

        But the number that you’re measuring is an average over all the time that the filter was collecting particles. You can’t tell if it came all at once or if it was constant over the collection period. If you want finer grained time information you have to swap out the filters more often and thus you’ll get less Bq accumulated.

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