Fukushima’s radioactive waste reaches North America

(NaturalNews) Radiation from the Fukushima explosion has reached North America. On April 12, 2015, scientists collected seawater with radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima meltdown. The samples were collected at Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, just north of the United States border, at the Ucluelet Aquarium. The report of the findings were made by Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), located in Cape Cod, Mass. He believes that the amount of radioactivity detected was many times smaller than that of a dental X-ray. Mainstream media sources such as Reuters have also commented on the findings.

How much radiation from Fukushima has reached North America?

At the time of the testing on Feb. 19, 2015, trace amounts of both cesium-134 and cesium-137 were collected. Similar levels were detected 100 miles off the coast of Big Sur, California, during the summer of 2014. The water contained 1.4 becquerels per cubic meter of cesium-134 and 5.8 becquerels per cubic meter of cesium-137. Buesseler stated, “We doubled the amount of cesium we measured and did a calculation[;] if you were to swim six hours a day every day of the year, at the end of the year, the dose you would receive would be more than a thousand times smaller than getting a single dental X-ray.” He went on to state, “Personally I would be happy to swim in those waters and eat the local seafood. Those levels are extremely low.”

Strontium-90 radioactivity

Strontium-90 is another radioactive isotope and a subject of greater concern than cesium. While cesium is easily flushed from fish tissue, strontium is stored in bones. There was a record high level of strontium-90 sampled from groundwater in Fukushima in July 2013, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco.

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