kelp-leaves-537x356via CBS / January 13, 2014 /

Researchers from California State University Long Beach are set to monitor the state’s kelp forests for radioactive contamination resulting from the meltdown of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant in Japan.

Radioactive iodine traces from the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown had been detected a month later in kelp forests along the Orange County shoreline.

The ongoing study, which has been dubbed Kelp Watch 2014, aims to examine samples of Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp all along the California coast.

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