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Fukushima radiation detected on Oregon shores

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled Japan nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

By: AP | Salem |
December 9, 2016 11:51:31 pm

 

Nuclear radiation in Oregon, Fukushima, Fukushima nuclear accident, Latest news, International news, World news, Japan's Fukushima nuclear incident, latest news Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after receiving a briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan .(Source: Reuters)

Researchers say seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores. Seawater samples from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from the nuclear disaster but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.

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Citing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Statesman Journal newspaper reports the samples were taken last winter and later analyzed. Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled Japan nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler runs a crowdfunded, citizen-science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean.

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