Fukushima Radiation About to Reach U.S. West Coast

VOA Herman - April 13 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant-04When the mainstream media like USA Today is reporting on radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster reaching the Unites States’ West Coast, you can pretty much be sure that it’s no longer alarmist environmentalists and other activists sounding the alarm:

Very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster likely will reach ocean waters along the U.S. West Coast next month, scientists are reporting.

Current models predict that the radiation will be at extremely low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who presented research on the issue last week.

But Buesseler and other scientists are calling for more monitoring. No federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation, he said.

“I’m not trying to be alarmist,” Buesseler said. “We can make predictions, we can do models. But unless you have results, how will we know it’s safe?”

The news comes three years after the devastating Japan tsunami and resulting nuclear accident.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami with waves as high as 133 feet. More than 15,000 people died and about 6,000 were injured.

The earthquake and tsunami knocked out power to cooling pumps at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing meltdowns at three reactors.

Last July, Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, acknowledged for the first time that the reactor was leaking contaminated underground water into the ocean.

Since then, the news has gotten worse, and there is widespread suspicion that the problem is underreported…

[continues at USA Today]


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8 Comments on "Fukushima Radiation About to Reach U.S. West Coast"

  1. The Design Flaw | Mar 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm |

    In other words, it’s already there.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Mar 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm |

    I’ll let y’all know if I start growing new bits or such.

  3. InfvoCuernos | Mar 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm |

    So if a lobster develops birth defects, will it have fingers instead of lobster claws? I know that’s all kinds of wrong-everybody knows West Coast lobsters don’t have big claws like Maine lobsters.

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm |

      The only shellfish on the west coast that’s worth a shit is the dungeness crab.

    • 10 million of these could swim towards the west coast and they’d still tell us that they “won’t harm humans or the environment.”

    • Woobniggurath | Mar 12, 2014 at 12:05 am |

      One could only wish.

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