Fukushima seaborne ra­di­a­tion de­tected on Ore­gon shores

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Re­searchers say seaborne ra­di­a­tion from Ja­pan’s Fukushima nu­clear dis­as­ter has been de­tected on Ore­gon shores. Sea­wa­ter sam­ples from Til­lam­ook Bay and Gold Beach in­di­cate ra­di­a­tion from the nu­clear dis­as­ter but at ex­tremely low lev­els not harm­ful to hu­mans or the en­vi­ron­ment. Cit­ing the Woods Hole Oceano­graphic In­sti­tu­tion, the States­man Journal news­pa­per re­ports the sam­ples were taken last win­ter and later an­a­lyzed.

Mas­sive amounts of con­tam­i­nated water were re­leased from the crip­pled Ja­pan nu­clear plant fol­low­ing a 9.0 mag­ni­tude earth­quake and tsunami in March 2011. Woods Hole chem­i­cal oceanog­ra­pher Ken Bues­seler runs a crowd funded, cit­i­zen-sci­ence sea­wa­ter sam­pling project that has tracked the ra­di­a­tion plume as it makes its way across the Pa­cific Ocean.—AP

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