According to researchers who collected samples from seawater around Tilamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, low level traces of radiation have been detected in the isotopic form Cesium-134, that derived from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe back in 2011, and as a result has journeyed across the Pacific Ocean.


The researchers have stated that these amounts of radioactivity will unlikely cause any serious harm to both humans and the environment as a whole. An earthquake with a magnitude reaching 9.0 back in 2011 served as the catalyst for tsunami waves that ultimately caused immense destruction to the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. The threat was real, as radioactive isotopes Cesium-137 and Iodine-131 had been released, tainting both the water and air. Eventually the oceans had been affected soon after.

The researchers have stated that another 4 or five years would have to pass in order for more radioactive material to have landed on the West Coast of the United States. The head of Nuclear Science and Engineering School inside Oregon State University said “It [cesium-134] disappears much more quickly.”

Cesium-134 consists of a small and nonthreatening half-life, as a result breaks down in half almost every two years. Dr. Highley mentioned that although these are the first reported findings of Cesium-134 within US land, she stated that some trivial traces have been found amongst albacore tuna.

A Chemical oceanographer from Woods Hole, Ken Buesseler mentioned that even if more of these radioactive substances do in fact reach US soil, apparently not even the highest amount of it should be of any worry.

This came as a response to the scientific organizations that pursue in the follow up in the paths radioactive material takes across the Pacific Ocean, and believe that within the following year more radioactivity is deemed to arrive.


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