Impacts of El Niño and La Niña on the hurricane season

Researchers have found that instances of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes are usually reduced during an El Niño year. 2014 hurricane season just started and there is a strong potential for El Niño to develop during the next few months.El Niño is a phenomenon where ocean surface temperatures become warmer than normal in the equatorial Pacific. Warm El Niño events are characterized by more tropical storms and hurricanes in the eastern Pacific and a decrease in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.Typical influence of El Niño on Pacific and Atlantic seasonal hurricane activity. (Map by NOAA, based on originals by Gerry Bell.)El Niño favors stronger hurricane activity in the central and eastern Pacific basins, and… »

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42 Bq/Kg from the insoles of elementary school student’s shoes in Saitama

A citizen’s radiation monitoring station in Saitama tweeted that they measured the significant level of radioactive material from inside of elementary school student’s shoes.

The sample was the insoles of the shoes after worn to clean the swimming pool. (cf, High schooler leukemia→School had students “clean” the swimming pool last summer [URL]) The location is Kawagoe city Saitama.

The analysis showed the Cesium-137 density was 42.3 Bq/kg.

The sample weighed only 31g. The analyst comments this is only the reference value but Fukushima Diary hopes other nuclides such as Strontium-90 or Plutonium-238/239/240 to be analyzed as well.

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Source: Fukushima

Female idol “Had shiver and went to a hospital to be ordered to be hospitalized for the risk of rapture of internal organ”

A female idol, Nagase Risa commented on Twitter that she was ordered to be hospitalized as a result of seeing a doctor for sudden fever and ache in viscera.

10:13 6/8/2014

“Suddenly had the shivers and went to the hospital to find I had over 38 ℃ of fever. Having the health inspection because I’m worried about this unidentified ache in the internal organs. I hope it’s not a serious disease.”

12:50 6/8/2014

“The results of blood test and CT were bad and they told me to be hospitalized. They said that if I’m not, the ache would become beyond bearable and can cause rupture of organ.”

You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.

Source: Fukushima