More Seaborne Radiation from Fukushima Detected on West Coast 1/15/2017


Has anyone wondered why all of the star fish and other macro-invertebrates have died off in the past years?

Dungeness crab with too much domoic acid acid created by warming of the ocean?

Sea animals are found dead with no food in their stomachs?

It is still a mystery and scientists should consider Fukushima and cesium 134 that was actually first reported on 11/11/2014.

Some compare this radiation to a banana, but we know this is not the same, as for the effects of any amount of nuclear radiation.

A new report has emerged in December of 2016 from the USA TODAY.

We are not trying to scare anyone, just provide objective information.

It is our goal to report important Humboldt Fish related information, as many other media sources are not.

Should we be worried about Fukushima radiation? (USA TODAY)

For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States.

The levels are very low and shouldn’t harm people eating fish from the West Coast or swimming in the ocean, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

“To put it in context, if you were to swim everyday for six hours a day in those waters for a year, that additional radiation from the addressed cesium from Japan … is 1000 times smaller than one dental x-ray,” Buesseler said in a phone interview.

But while people make a choice to be exposed to x-ray radiation, they don’t choose to be exposed to Japanese radiation, he said.

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

Celsium-134 was also detected in a Canadian salmon, according to the Fukushima InFORM project, led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen.

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. More radiation was released to the air, then fell to the sea.

“In Japan, at its peak [celsium-134 levels] it was 10 million times higher than what we are seeing today on the West Coast,” he said.

Buesseler, who runs a crowd-funded, citizen science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it slowly makes its way across the Pacific Ocean, said the samples, were taken in January and February of 2016 and later analyzed. They each measured 0.3 becquerels per cubic meter of cesium-134.

He said scientists have turned to crowdfunding to measure the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster because federal agencies are not funding research on ocean radioactive studies stemming from the 2011 event.

“We don’t expect to see health concerns from swimming or fish consumption, but we would like to continue monitoring until (the radiation level) goes back down again,” he said.

Learn more about Ken Beusseler’s crowd-funded, citizen-science seawater sampling project at http://www.ourradioactiveocean.org/.

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