Newspaper ignores scientific models that show Fukushima radiation impacting West Coast — Fails to inform readers by reporting only on discredited tsunami wave-height map — “What illness of the mind must people have to lie about the threat?” (ACTUAL FORECAST MODELS)
January 24th, 2014
The Province, Jan. 23, 2014: Without actual things to worry about, too many people these days are making up or exaggerating risks. Our recent story on the Fukushima Disaster is a good example. That was a terrible event, but what illness of the mind must people have to lie about the threat to B.C., even going so far as the misrepresent a wave-height map of the Pacific to pretend it shows that dangerous radiation is flowing to our shores?
The Province, Jan. 20, 2014: This map, supposedly showing radiation spreading across the ocean from Japan, was one of the most widespread pieces of Fukushima (mis) information — it was also one of the easiest myths to debunk. […] [NOAA] spokeswoman Keeley Belva confirmed the map doesn’t show the spread of radiation. According to their website: “This image was created by NOAA’s Center for Tsunami Research and graphically shows maximum wave heights of the tsunami generated by the Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. “It does not represent levels of radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.” The map has become “an oceanographer’s in-joke,” according to Robin Brown, manager of ocean sciences for Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Two months ago, Brown gave a seminar to 40 oceanographers and showed a slide of the infamous NOAA map with the headline, “West Coast Fried by Radiation.” The room burst out laughing, Brown said, but their chuckles were “tinged with a bit of sadness.”
In reality, the Fukushima radiation forecast models published by science journals, governments and universities show a more troubling situation for the West Coast than the discredited tsunami wave-height map. The tsunami map shows the impact being distributed throughout the entire pacific, with the strongest impact along South America’s west coast. The actual Fukushima radiation transport models show the contamination heading due east, directly toward North America’s west coast. Here are a some examples (note that none of these models take into account the ongoing releases from Fukushima Daiichi of hundreds of tons of contaminated water every day):