San Diego locals have stopped eating fish. The latest eco-hyped fish story says Fukushima’s radiation is reaching the West Coast by sea. Nothing could be further from the scientific truth, so send your sushi over here if you’re worried about it glowing in the dark.
Japan upgraded the radiation leak from the 2011 Fukushima reactor disaster to a “serious incident” with international implications. Japan’s nuclear regulator discovered that the leak probably occurred a month and a half before being discovered.
Despondent West Coasters declared that their days of eating Pacific fish are over. Eco-activists showed animated ocean flows of contaminated waters making a bee line across the Pacific. Swirling around San Diego shores, the graphics created undue alarm for already stressed out Californians, especially among its coastal elite non-meat-eating “greens.”
Leslie Eastman, San Diego Science Editor for Legal Insurrection, put the fish fears to rest with an investigation of the scientific aspects of the Fukushima leak. She discovered that the scare pieces that made public news are hyped on two dimensions: safe radiation levels and ocean flow dilution.
Eastman uncovered no cause for alarm upon consultation with San Diego scientist, Dr. Martin Fricke. Fricke cited the science that says any radiation from leaks should be compared to the radiation people receive naturally every day from the sun and radiative rocks on earth. Fukushima’s leak flowed into the vast Pacific and diluted the radiation to levels of insignificance everywhere except, as you might expect, immediately near the reactor in Japan.
Together, the risk of radiation exposure from fish increases deaths by 1 in about 5 million among people like fishermen who consume fish everyday of their lives. For you and me, sushi can stay on the menu without fear.
Taken from the science perspective instead of one led from alarm, the risk of radiation from eating Pacific fish is negligible compared to sunbathing on a California beach. But, it’s a free country and we can choose to believe the hype the media pours into our brains. Or discard it as the unsubstantiated nonsense that it is.
As a Forbes article puts it, “You can worry about it [Fukushima] if you want but it’s not something that’s likely to have any real measurable effect on anyone or anything.” Putting it in understandable terms, Forbes equated the radiation to 76 million bananas.
Yet, anyone who knows a Southern Californian knows that the issue will send even more Golden Staters into therapy over yet another needless piece of eco-idiocy.