Fukushima: Alpha Radiation Dangers — Thorium, Polonium, Radon, Radium, Plutonium, Uranium…


From A Green Road Magazine

A few people today have the power to create millions of ways to kill billions of people, using invisible poisons that are very difficult to detect. Poisons are the natural way to kill people without leaving a trace or a trail back to the killer.

For example, radioactive Polonium is 250 billion times more toxic than cyanide.  All nuclear reactors produce 1,200 toxic, deadly and radioactive substances, even when they are operating normally. This is where radioactive Polonium comes from for example. When these nuclear reactors have accidents, which they often do, they release huge quantities of 1,200 invisible death and suffering creating substances, which then hang round for hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Is this something that we want around our children and families?

Let’s dive into just alpha radiation and find out more about it, shall we?

Alpha Particle Toxicity

According to Wikipedia; “Being relatively heavy and positively charged, alpha particles tend to have a very short mean free path, and quickly lose kinetic energy within a short distance of their source. This results in several MeV being deposited in a relatively small volume of material. This increases the chance of cellular damage in cases of internal contamination.

“In general, external alpha radiation is not harmful since alpha particles are effectively shielded by a few centimeters of air, a piece of paper, or the thin layer of dead skin cells. Even touching an alpha source is usually not harmful, though many alpha sources also are accompanied by beta-emitting radio daughters, and alpha emission is also accompanied by gamma photon emission.If substances emitting alpha particles are ingested, inhaled, injected or introduced through the skin, then it could result in a measurable dose, (or even death, as the video  and article about radioactive polonium above so clearly point out.)

“The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of alpha radiation is higher than that of beta or gamma radiation. RBE quantifies the ability of radiation to cause certain biological effects, notably eithercancer or cell-death, for equivalent radiation exposure.

“However, another component of alpha radiation is the recoil of the parent nucleus, termed alpha recoil.   By some estimates, this might account for most of the internal radiation damage, as the recoil nuclei are typically heavy metals which preferentially collect on the chromosomes. In some studies,[3] this has resulted in a RBE approaching 1,000 instead of the much lower value used in governmental regulations.

RADON

“The largest natural contributor to public radiation dose is radon, a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock.[4] If the gas is inhaled, some of the radon particles may attach to the inner lining of the lung. These particles continue to decay, emitting alpha particles which can damage cells in the lung tissue.[5]

Electron relaxation and X-rays

Immediately after a nuclear decay we will find that what had been a neutral atom of the mother species has become an ion of the daughter species; because the nuclear charge has changed, the number of electrons in orbit about the nucleus no longer matches the number of protons inside the nucleus. This has two consequences: first, the ion will neutralize itself by stealing an available electron from a neighboring atom or by shedding an excess electron. Second, the resulting new neutral atom is likely to be in a highly excited state: the wave functions for the electrons of the mother atom in its ground state have significant probabilities to be ground or excited states of the daughter nucleus. When, typically quite promptly, the daughter atom’s electrons relax into their ground state, the excess energy is radiated away as one or more photons. Since the transition is between states of the daughter atom, the energy spectrum of these X-rays is characteristic of the daughter species, not of the mother species. The health hazard from these X-rays is sometimes far more acute than the hazard from the alpha or beta radiation of the nuclear transformation itself.

http://www.ohio.edu/people/piccard/radnotes/alphabeta.html

What the scientist is saying is that radon decays, and when it does, it releases X-rays into the surrounding areas. So alpha radiation is not just harmless stuff that a piece of paper can stop, as the pro nuclear apologists like to claim, it is deadly dangerous. All radiation exposure is cumulative, and every increase in radiation exposure generates more risk of cancer. This is why the EPA requires radon mitigation in homes that have excessive radon gas, over a certain amount.

For more information, see;

http://toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Alpha+Particles

http://www.epa.gov/radon/

RADIUM

“The death of Marie Curie at age 66 from leukemia was probably caused by prolonged exposure to high doses of ionizing radiation, but it is not clear if this was due to alpha radiation or X-rays. Curie worked extensively with radium, which decays into radon,[6] along with other radioactive materials that emit beta and gamma rays. However, Curie also worked with unshielded X-ray tubes during World War I, and an analysis of her skeleton during a reburial showed a level of radioisotope burden. (It only takes a low level or ‘dose’ of radiation to kill someone, as in the case of the Polonium poisoning above.)

For more information, see;

POLONIUM

“Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko‘s 2006 murder by radiation poisoning is thought to have been carried out with polonium-210, an alpha emitter.”Static eliminators typically use polonium-210, an alpha emitter, to ionize air, allowing the ‘static cling’ to more rapidly dissipate.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_radiation

Polonium Poisoning Caused Arafat’s Death, By Al Jazeera
http://www.countercurrents.org/aj040712.htm

Tests reveal that Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh – contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element. Those personal effects, which were analyzed at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, were variously stained with Arafat’s blood, sweat, saliva and urine. The tests carried out on those samples suggested that there was a high level of polonium inside his body when he died.

Polonium is produced by nuclear reactors. The PRIMARY use of nuclear reactors is to produce fuel that will make nuclear weapons. Any nation that has a nuclear reactor has the capability to make multiple nuclear bombs very quickly. Electricity generation is just an excuse designed to get the public to ‘buy into’ the idea of a nuclear reactor, because that seems like a positive idea. But why would a town pay for electricity for 30 years, and then agree to the risk of contaminating the whole area for 250,000 years, plus pay for guarding the waste for 1 million years? It does not make any sense.

PLUTONIUM

Plutonium is one of the most toxic substances on the planet. According to some experts, just 9 pounds of this substance can poison everyone on Earth, if distributed equally. Plutonium is made by nuclear reactors and is one of those things that the military greatly desires in order to make nuclear bombs. Plutonium forms the basis for killing millions of people. Much like polonium, a VERY SMALL amount that cannot be seen, felt, or measured with a Geiger Counter is enough to kill you. One nano particle inhaled and stuck in the lungs is enough to give anyone lung cancer.In experiments with dogs, there was no dose low enough to NOT cause the death of these animals. Just 1 nano particle size of dust (1 microgram) that could not even be seen, was enough to kill every dog tested.

Radioactive and toxic plutonium have been found all around the world after the Fukushima accident. The above video is just ONE example of this substance being found, out of many independent researchers who tracked this hard to detect, but deadly substance.

For more information about plutonium, read;

How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Bloghttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html

URANIUM

Pro nuclear apologists like to talk about how alpha radiation cannot harm anyone, because this type of radiation is blocked by the skin. This all sounds good for a 30 second sound bite for the consumption of mass media viewers, but this factoid ignores the DANGER of alpha radiation particles, namely; what happens when you INHALE or absorb this radioactive heavy metal internally through food, water or air? In the following short video, nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson explains how deadly just ONE alpha particle can be, if it is inhaled.

Of course, alpha particles do not just float around and land on your skin. They get into your lungs, intestines, and even into your organs and glands. But the nuclear apologists do not like to focus on that, because it makes nuclear power look like what it is, a deadly game that only lunatics and mass murderers would pursue.See the picture of what a radioactive ‘hot particle’ does to lung tissue below… Due to Fukushima, every person on Earth inhaled thousands of these hot particles. Did any of them lodge in your lungs or sinuses? Did you ingest some with food or water?

URANIUM MINING

Uranium Mining Legacy; Toxic Waste For 1,000,000 Years; via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/uranium-mining-legacy-toxic-waste-for.html

Uranium Mining; Broken Promises, Broken Rainbow; via A Green Road Bloghttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/uranium-mining-broken-promises-broken.html

Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous; via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/uranium-mines-dot-navajo-land-neglected.html

URANIUM ENRICHMENT

Paducah Kentucky Nuclear Enrichment Plant Dirty Global Warming Secrets; via A Green Road Blog

http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/paducah-kentucky-nuclear-enrichment.html

Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road Blog

http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/nuclear-plants-and-radioactive-water.html

Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road Blog  http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html

Bottom line, there are over 100 ALPHA radiation emitting radioactive substances created, and most of these deadly substances are man made, created inside nuclear reactors. We have only discussed a few of them here. To discuss all of them, would take a very thick book. To discuss the dangers of all 1,200 deadly, toxic and radioactive substances would take a lifetime.

Alpha Emitter

Atomic Number
americium-241 95
plutonium-236 94
uranium-238 92
thorium-232 90
radium-226 88
radon-222 86
polonium-210 84

Source: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/alpha.html

Is this what our communities want to spend taxpayer money on? Do we really want to make the choice to spend time producing more death and suffering instead of more life and living? Do we really want more death and suffering producing agents in our air, our food, our water, and our children and seven future generations of our children’s children?

Alpha Radiation Dangers; Thorium, Polonium, Radon, Radium, Plutonium, Uranium….via @AGreenRoad
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/alpha-radiation-dangers-polonium-radon.html
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8 Comments

That was a good basic explanation of the dangers of radiation and radio nuclides. A few years ago I had occasion to search Google for plutonium toxicity. The entire search (at least the first ten pages) were of pages that were claiming that plutonium is SAFE!

I taught these topics to college age students thirty years ago and it was fairly easy since the topic is fairly straightforward. In the ensuing decades I have found it more and more difficult to explain this topic to friends and acquaintances. I am presuming, with a lot of evidence to support it, that the truly vast amounts of money spent in the US since WWII on the various forms of professional lying, “public relations,” lobbying, political control of education by corporate interests and the volunteer efforts of various religious and ideological groups, not to forget professional politicians, has resulted in a very resistant form of ignorance, one that has no respect for logic or scientific method.

Be reassured that folks elsewhere in the world, where education in the conventional sense, still takes place, understand these things. If we shake off this parasitic, would be hereditary aristocracy, we are going to have to reeducate ourselves about reality.

The big political fact here is that an actual government, as opposed to the enablers of looting and destruction that we have now, would be at least testing for this stuff and advising the public how to improve their chances by exercising some simple precautions, like avoiding foods that are contaminated, if we were being provided with accurate information about contamination.

Not testing is not caring. Not caring about anything. Not caring about the future. Not caring about future generations. Not caring about the survivability of complex life on the planet. The people in charge are completely insane and depraved. It would seem that removing the system that promotes insane depraved people to positions of power that give them the capacity to drive us to extinction.

Lord Acton is famous for having said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Is it a property of power itself, as I suspect, or is it that the competition for positions of power favors the brain damaged. It is both. And we are the victims of our own erroneous beliefs about how society should be organized.

ybera

Approaching 80 years, I think about an exit most appropriate to the times:

1. Awaiting the Fukushima tides to hit our shores – maybe an irradiated ahi tuna picked up at Safeway will get to us first. But such a death is slow and painful.
2. Awaiting the angry, revengeful Syrians with knives invading our shores and “desiring both our freedom” and our slit throats. It may not be too far off now even though O’Bomber still equivocates over cruise missile strikes and the like.
3. Swept away by the rapidly rising tides expected as a result of global warming. But with my house perched at 1980 foot elevation, that could take a hell of a lot of warming.
4. Killed by a stray bullet during an anti-pot raid by the a rabid DEA squad armed with assault rifles and Black Hawks. Could happen during the coming harvest season.
5. Getting caught up by a NSA monitor of my messages saying something bad about our President. I would not last as long in solitary as that stalwart Chelsea Manning has.
6. A local drone loosed by our County Sheriff that goes right through my roof. The drone probe could easily be explained as merely looking for non-conforming structures they want to add to my tax assessment. A stoned trainee monitoring the drone flight that day might push the STRIKE instead of the PHOTO button – oops.

Life and death seem like just one big OOPS these days.

    But, Jim, you have so much to live for! When global warming puts the beach, and the much warmer Pacific (watch out for the “hot spots”) Ocean just outside your door, cash in on the greatly increased property value and move with Joan to much higher ground on a much bigger spread! It’s the American way…

Dark humor. That’s the way to do it. Money for nothing and the chicks for free…

We of the advanced ages are the lucky ones. In the near term the system will go to lengths to make the status quo look survivable. In the longer term, when presumably most of us will be elsewhere, the real challenges are likely to arise.

Gee! The weather here has been very benign. Maybe global warming isn’t happening, tra, la, tra, la…they’re coming to take me away, ha, ha…

If I can’t have fun, its not my revolution (akn Emma).

ybera

Dave Smith’s remarks gave me hope when he told me the Pacific Ocean may be just outside my door after Antarctica melts down. That means that CostCo will be inundated along with WalMart. By the time this happens, they will have sucked the last remaining life blood out of stores in the old downtown area. But not to worry – none of us will have enough money left to go shopping and the staff of the Ukiah City Council, always looking for another silly scheme to waste our taxes on, will all have been forced into early retirement. There’s always a silver lining if you only look!!

O course, our natures are such that we sometimes need to be dragged, kicking and screaming to where we always wanted to be. At the very least, any increase in simplicity will be welcome.

y

Yerba – I appreciate your desire for simplicity. However the simplicity being demonstrated on a bi-weekly basis at City Hall would be very hard to match in a future, albeit more benign Ukiah. After all, we can’t have everything, can we?

City Hall will collapse as a source of authority, maybe even literally.

y