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Health Officials: ‘No Concern’ Over 500% Increase In Radiation Levels On Cali. Beach

Health officials in California are attempting to brush off public concern after a viral Youtube video showed a large increase in radiation levels on a Coastside beach last week.

The video, which has garnered nearly half a million views, shows radiation levels over five times above the normal background level, prompting fears over the ongoing Fukushima disaster.

Following public outcry, a state investigation by health officials found similar levels while collecting ground samples several days later. According to County Environmental Health Director Dean Peterson, the public should not be concerned.

“It’s not something that we feel is an immediate public health concern,” Peterson told the Review. “We’re not even close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima.”

According to “Dave,” the video’s author, radiation detected two inches off the beach surface several days prior produced levels even higher, nearly 13 times above normal.

Unconvinced of any link to Fukushima, Peterson pointed to items such as “red-painted disposable eating utensils” as a more likely cause of the heightened radiation levels.

“I honestly think the end result of this is that it’s just higher levels of background radiation,” Peterson said.

A group from claims to have analyzed and found elevated levels of Radium 226 and Thorium 232 in the sand, two naturally occurring radioactive substances reportedly not associated with Fukushima.

According to Dave, after two years of measuring levels on the beach, the increase appeared almost overnight. Given estimates by physics experts that point to a massive radiation plume reaching the west coast by early 2014, some see the timing as more than coincidence.

Countless other issues plaguing the West Coast in recent months, such as the ongoing “melting sea star” epidemic, have raised increasing questions over the government’s handling of the disaster, or lack thereof.

Recent comments made by former MSNBC host Chenk Uygur have only fueled the public’s speculation over Fukushima’s severity. Attempting to speak out early on, Uygur was advised by the network not to warn viewers “because the official government position is that it’s safe.”

Unfortunately, initial concerns regarding Japan were validated after 71 U.S. sailors came forward last month, stricken with Leukemia, tumors and thyroid cancer after helping with initial Fukushima relief operations.

Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services quietly ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, used to protect the thyroid gland during radiological disasters. Attempting to investigate the matter, DHHS officials hung up on Storyleak’s Anthony Gucciardi after questions regarding the incident produced conflicting answers.

As new mysterious plumes of steam continue to rise from reactor 3, Fukushima’s future remains increasingly uncertain.

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  1. No concern huh? and they call themselves "health officials".

    What a joke

  2. Ann Coulter said eating irradiated animals and vegetables is good for you though?

    • I would not recommend it

      • It's a great way to be radiated, but how many people want that?
        Iran might say that it would be good for sick cancer patients, but that's not a big place to go for cutting edge medical treatment.

        I've been waiting to hear more about the star fish die off.

        • radiation kills cancer cells of course it kills all cells. Not sure what Iran has to do with this story though

          • When anyone down plays the danger of radiation Iran is a classic example of how ridiculous it sounds.

          • I would say this is a classic example of how ridiculous it sounds. Iran really has nothing to do with this

          • Wee, you do have issues with debate don't you?

            There were political hacks that pretended radiation wasn't dangerous, I extended that to another place that pretends they have radiation for non dangerous reasons. One was used as an example to show these political people look as ridiculous as the fools in Iran that nobody believes.

            It was topical even if you can't follow it.
            And you, with your muslim loyal agenda had to derail the thread any way possible and ruin a good debate.

            It's not hard to notice.

          • Derail? That is what you did when you brought up Iran.

            Everyone noticed that

          • Comparing two nations with no credibility in the same area together is not derailing. Your saying so does show you can't keep up.

          • So can show how Iran is linked to the higher amounts of radiation in the US?

          • I never claimed it was. Wee, you are acting like that small little man that I mock for your agenda being paramount to anything actually said or going on.

          • Then why would you bring up Iran? I know why. You brought up Iran to derail the thread and get into a fight about Iran. I know the games you play. Well I am not going to play your troll games. If you notice a few of us were discussing adult topics that our country faces right now. Now you showed up to distract from that. Here is what you wil do next. You will go join our conversation and make you sure you throw in some smart a$$ comments about one of arguments in the past in order to oget me off topic and try to turn the story around and make me be the troll when in fact it is you. Not going to play today

          • Why do you want to keep asking that then pulling the comments that explain my answer?

            Wee, Iran pretends it can safely handle and only use it's radioactive materials for sick cancer patients.
            We pretend that radiation isn't a concern either.

            Both show a blatant disregard for reality on the very same issue and deserve to be compared on it.

            See how that works? You're just a troll trying to cause an emotion reaction to common sense.

          • Can you show how Iran has anything to do with happened in Japan and radiation levels on the coast of the US?

            Why are you so desperate to argue with me and crave my attention?

          • Can you show anything I just said was wrong?

          • Your comments were off topic and designed to start an argument.

            This is what you did:
            a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

          • My comments were relevant to this topic, and by your posting that long definition you showed you are the one pushing for an emotional response.

            You just proved that you are the troll here. Hoisted by your own petards.

          • So talking about Iran and it's use for radiation treatment for cancer patients has to do with Japan radiation and the US coast?

            OR did you just want an argument about Iran?

          • Talking and mocking the two nuclear nations that don't talk the talk on nuclear issues is topical when discussing the damage nuclear waste has done.

            Yes, there is a connection skippy. Deal with it.

            And are your muslim friendly values defending Iran simply because you are so touchy about your agenda?

          • Iran has nothing to do with Japan and the radiation they are leaking and you have failed to show how they corelate.

            Check mate

          • Radiation doesn't stop at borders. It's an international issue. So every single country that is reckless with radioactive material is topical in a story on damage done by radiation.

            Wee, even you should be able to understand that much. Are you up to this forum?

          • So can you show how radiation leaking from Japan and effecting the US coastline has anything to do with Iran?

            You make this too easy

          • I did, read that last comment.

            You might want to read the comment before tacking talking points onto it like it's an actual response.

          • Are you claiming Iran is leaking radiation and it has effected the US coastline. This is the topic Japan radation effecting the USA. YOu went off on some lame attempt to bring Iran into this to start an argument about Iran. Not going to let you do it. Not going to let you wreck this site like the rest. Iran and Japan have nothing in common when it comes to radaition levels on the US coastline. Unless you can show otherwise with some creditable links (not the bias ones you normally use) this conversation is done. Feel free to reply, your ego needs it.

          • If you want to know what I'm claiming read my comments. They are pretty clear.

            And just because your agenda won't allow you to actually pay attention to anything said only shows the problem is you.

          • BAsically you have no argument, just a weak attempt to start a discussion about Iran. That has nothing to do Japan and the threat we are facing right this very minute

          • Of course I did. You just can't admit it because trolling is easier when you go to a thread and just ignore what everyone says.

            Wee, you appear to be a very small minded man.

          • You were owned again. Go troll by yourself

          • Wee, I hate to break this to you. But just because you don't consider radioactive issues to be international doesn't mean I'm wrong. It means you have a limited ability to understand the dangers involved with nuclear realities.

          • I never said that. The issue we are facing right now is Japans radiation on the US coast. NOt Iran. Hate to break it to you but your weak attempt to disctract from the issue did not work

          • Wee, if you consider nuclear issues to be international, the any country not prepared to take the dangers seriously becomes a topical issue.

            Even your precious Iran.

          • Can you show radiation from Iran is effecting the US coast?

          • Can you show it never will if they are so glib about the dangers?

  3. Do all of you have land or have you even considered moving or buying land more centralized in North America?

    Radiation will not reach the central portions of North America as easily as the coastal properties. I have really played it safer against all possibilities in North America( including revolution) by purchasing land also in Paraguay,South America, as I have land more centralized, in Northern Canada. If you are interestd doa SEARCH for: “acreage, farm land, property’ in either or both of: “Timmins,Ontario,Canada” and/or “Paraguay,South America

    I choose those two because they are either similar in culture ( Canada) to the U.S. and /or have more freedom and much less chance of being hit by radiation.

    Just my opinion

  4.….makes me nauseous.

    • Don't be frightened, that is what they want

      • There are times when fear is helpful, it's a survival tactic nature has instilled in us.

        • Fear mongering is never good

          • Ignoring danger is never good.

          • Never said it was.

          • How many comments will you spew, and how much space here will you waste on that inane comment and topic? You call being aware of this as fear mongering.

            You are just trolling and your posse is still focused on driving people away from this 'temple'/site.

          • roger, no one says you have to reply to every comment I make. If you are going to enage and try to challenge me I will put you in your place. YOU can't quit replying to me anytime you want and I won't say a word to you.

          • No one says you should not be challenged with trolling comments designed by your posse to destroy sites.

            Wee, you sure do seem to think like a small minded little man.

          • But then you sit here and cry when I put you in your place. I have done nothing but make great comments on this site until you show up and derail them.

          • Wee, you can pretend you actually do that. You can even waste space and irritate people by having serious discussion interrupted while you do so.

            That is your apparent goal after all.

            But wee, as a small minded little man you can only pretend adequacy.

  5. Unbiased Observer

    This Roger character is an idiot.

  6. Yoichi shimatsu recently said on the Jeff rense show that the levels of radioactive contamination approaching western US coastlines are so huge they would have interfered with electromagnetic capabilities of "Missile and other defence capabilities.The only way they could stop this was to create a "Polar Vortex" using HAARP in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to create a buffer to the ongoing polution!

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