Scientists have made a pretty unsettling discovery: Fukushima radioactivity is invading US Pacific waters.
They have identified cesium-134, traceable only to Fukushima, about 100 miles off the coast of Northern California.
Although the radioactive contamination is below levels considered harmful to humans, and 1,000 times below limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for safe drinking water, scientists warn this pollution could increase over the next two to three years. So pretty bad forecast!
The 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl at the Fukushima Power Plant.
Cesium-134 and other radioactive elements poured into the ocean at unprecedented levels, creating a radioactive plume.
Now, for the first time, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say small amounts of those radioactive elements have made their way across the pacific ocean propelled by ocean currents.
They’ve identified cesium-134, traceable only to Fukushima, about 100 miles off the coast of Northern California.
This is really bad news. What about fish? Deep-sea ecosystems? Surfers? Sunbathers?