Tuesday, November 12, 2013



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Time and Tide

Morton tells the Voice Fukushima could spell the end of the human race

Staff/Alexandra Morton file photo


ccording to Alexandra Morton, so far our salmon aren't "hot". But that can change in 6 months to a year as the radioactive plume of water leaking from Fukushima begins reaching the West Coast.


The No. 3 reactor at Fukushima is so dangerous to humans that they can't get anywhere near it. Reports are they won't be able to even lift the lid on it for years. The Japanese are building tank farms as fast as they can to contain the contaminated water. The latest word is they may try to build an ice wall. Meanwhile, massive amounts of water laced with Cesium 137 is pouring into the Pacific Ocean.


"The radiation from Fukushima is the greatest threat this earth has ever seen," said Mortin in an e-mail to the Voice on Monday. "I have been following it closely since it happened—triggered by the fact General Electric put the generators in the basement so when the tsunami took out the power, the generators were useless."


"To make matters much much worse, Japan has allowed Tepco to protect it's finances, and so the effort has been less than it could have been and Japanese children are on the front line, and the entire northern hemisphere has been contaminated," she said.


It's not just Japan's problem either.


"Unless the world community steps in and brings our best engineering minds to this, I fear we face extinction," insists Morton.


Morton has taken on the additional task of trying to monitor the fish for radiation herself using minimal equipment.

She says that because of her past experiences with government's handling of the fish farms, her confidence in the province of BC, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to protect people has been "stripped away".


"I am testing for radiation with a lower end Geiger counter, but I have not made these public, because I am not confident," she said. "So far, however I have not found any elevated radiation readings in salmon."

Morton needs help. She can't do it all by herself so is reaching for assistance.

"I would like to see a university step into this role, or someone who has the time to dedicate to make sure that reporting is accurate," said Morton. "I know people are getting elevated reading in seaweed on the west coast."





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