Wednesday, August 28, 2013

3 Years Before Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Reactor Reaches US Coast, But Radiation Will Be Below Safety Levels

From "Fukushima radioactive plume to reach US in three years" on ScienceBlog:
In the paper, researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and others used a range of ocean simulations to track the path of the radiation from the Fukushima incident.

The models identified where it would likely travel through the world’s oceans for the next 10 years.

"Observers on the west coast of the United States will be able to see a measurable increase in radioactive material three years after the event," said one of the paper’s authors, Dr Erik van Sebille.

"However, people on those coastlines should not be concerned as the concentration of radioactive material quickly drops below World Health Organisation safety levels as soon as it leaves Japanese waters."

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