It had to happen one day; radiation has been detected on the North American shoreline. The radiation is from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Samples of seawater off Canada contained trace amounts of cesium (Cs) -134 and -137. The samples were collected on February 17 and were well below internationally established levels of concern to humans and marine life, said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
“Radioactivity can be dangerous and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” Buesseler said in a statement.
A report from Wochit News on radiation from the Fukushima disaster detected off Canada’s coast:
These levels are comparable to those measured 100 miles off the coast of Northern California last summer. If someone were to swim for 6 hours a day every day of the year in water that contained levels of cesium twice as high as the Ucluelet sample, the radiation dose they would receive would still be more than one thousand times less than that of a single dental x-ray, WHOI said in a statement.
NewsLine report on the Fukushima radioactivity detected off Canada:
The Fukushima nuclear plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The incident caused a triple nuclear meltdown, starting the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. It forced more then 1600,000 to flee their homes, and contaminated the water, food, and air.
“We expect more of the sites will show detectable levels of cesium-134 in coming months, but ocean currents and exchange between offshore and coastal waters is quite complex,” said Buesseler.
“Predicting the spread of radiation becomes more complex the closer it gets to the coast, and we need the public’s help to continue this sampling network.”
Tests off the coast of Japan shortly after the 2011 disaster measured radiation at 50 million becquerels per cubic meter, Buesseler told Reuters.
Time will tell if it is going to reach U.S. shores in any dangerous amounts.