Cruise finds Fukushima pollution / BBC News / February 22, 2012
Radioactive elements from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected in seawater and marine organisms up to 600km from Japan.
But the scientists who made the discovery stress the natural radioactivity of seawater dwarfs anything seen in their samples.
The results come from a research cruise in June last year led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The initial findings were presented to the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting.
“Just because we can measure radioactivity doesn’t mean it’s harmful,” WHOI’s Ken Buesseler told the gathering in Salt Lake City.
“There’s a pretty good news story in here – that the levels [of radioactivity] offshore are not of significance to human health in terms of exposure, or even if you were to eat the seafood offshore,” he added.
Other Fukushima News:
Radiation levels higher but safe off Fukushima, scientists say – CNN
TEPCO faces another potentially broken temperature gauge at Reactor 2 – Enformable.com
Children’s radiation doses to guide decontamination in Fukushima Pref. city – Mainichi Daily
Hashimoto’s no a big hurdle in Osaka nuke plebiscite drive – Japan Times
Transcripts sketch out NRC’s 3/11 confusion – Japan Times
Hosono sees bigger govt role in Japan nuclear power – Reuters