Fukushima Black Swan

Mike – the slightly crispy looking Marusoi…

Why would a radioactive fish make news on a financial website (article below)? The Marusoi fish that was caught on January 18th showed a 10 fold increase in radioactive levels as the previous record from last August. The reactor core(s) at Fukushima Daichi have been breached and are leaking. Based on this story, the leakage is growing. Obviously one fish is not enough to be a credible sample size for any statistic analysis. Although the Japanese (and US) government are aware of this leakage as the plant sinks, there will be no announcement to the general public as there is no solution to this growing problem.

Since wreckage from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was found in San Francisco last August, what impact will this have on the West Coast of the United States? That brings us back to the original question concerning the financial implications of Fukushima Daichi Unit 4 sinking. Japan cannot withstand the financial consequences of this disaster once the true scope becomes known. This could be the Black Swan event that will have worldwide consequences. Let’s just add this to the bottom of the list of concerns that we are facing.

David DeGerolamo

Meet Mike, The Most Radioactive Fish Ever From Fukushima

Almost two years after the awful nuclear disaster occurred, a fish caught near Fukushima on Friday January 18th had a record-breaking level of radioactive contamination over 2500x the legal limit. TEPCO measured ‘Mike the Murasoi’ at 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (with the limit for edible seafood at 100 becquerels). As Le Monde reports, the previous record (caught on August 21st 2012) was a mere 25,800 becquerels/kg. As further precautions, TEPCO is installing new nets 20km around the Fukushima Daichi site to avoid highly contaminated fish gettig too far and being consumed by other species. While Mike’s family are no doubt distraught (at him being caught and being so radioactive), it appears (somewhat disappointingly) that there is no apparent third eye, lazer fins, legs, or other ‘expected’ ‘blinky’ malformations.

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