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Fukushima radiation detected in Pacific Northwest waters

“Tanks holding radiation contaminated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s embattled
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 25, 2016 in Okuma, Japan.”
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images

– “Fukushima radiation detected in Tillamook Bay, Gold Beach [Oregon]”
“For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States.

Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting.

Because of its short half-life, cesium-134 can only have come from Fukushima.

Also for the first time, cesium-134 has been detected in a Canadian salmon, the Fukushima InFORM project, led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, is reporting.

In both cases, levels are extremely low, the researchers said, and don’t pose a danger to humans or the environment,” by Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal, KGW TV, Portland, via KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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– UPDATE: December 31, 2016
“Seaborne Fukushima Radiation Plume Hits West Coast — How the Media Reported it Dangerously Wrong”
by Shad Engkilterra, EnviroNews DC News Bureau.
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Posted by Steve on December 18, 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

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