Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles from California Coast. Still not harmful.

All those blue circles, where just detectable amounts of Fukushima radiation have been measured in 2014. All those white circles are where Cesium-134 from Fukushima has not been detected. [source: http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/Fukushima-detection]

All those blue circles, where just detectable amounts of Fukushima radiation have been measured in 2014. All those white circles are where Cesium-134 from Fukushima has not been detected. [source: http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/Fukushima-detection]

The latest results from the Fukushima radiation citizen science project Our Radioactive Ocean have just been released. NO Cesium-134 has been detected on West Coast shores, but it has been detected nearly 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, CA. While this may seem worrying to some, it should not be. The amount of Cesium measured in the water has concentrations 1000 times less than the EPA’s safe drinking water standards. It’s detectable, but harmless. Bottom line: no need to freak out people. It’s here, it’s small and it’s not going to get to harmful levels.

Fukushima is still a disaster for Japan. They will be cleaning that s**t up for the next 50 years. But radiation from Fukushima is NOT a problem for the West Coast or the Greater Pacific and will never be.

You can find additional information about current Fukushima radiation monitoring efforts at Our Radioactive OceanFukushima Inform and Kelp Watch.

*Cesium-134, with its relatively short half-life of two years, is the tell-tale marker that scientists use to distinguish Fukushima radiation from radiation put into the ocean from nuclear bomb testing in the 50’s and 60’s.

SOURCES:

WHOI news release: Fukushima Radioactivity measured off the West Coast.

 

Dr. Martini (156 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.


5 Replies to “Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles from California Coast. Still not harmful.”

  1. *this comment has been removed because it does not comply with our commenting policy, providing false information to sell a commercial product*

  2. It’s all a textbook example of how a conspiracy is played out.
    Fukushima radiation
    Is NOT going away.
    It’s going to get much worse before better.
    Until the world knows the truth about how bad it really is .
    Another lie , ignored since the 2011 Tsunami.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

    1. In other news, paranoia is still not evidence. Passion is not accuracy. And sincerity is definitely not truth.

      However, independent data and simple logic says you’re wrong.

  3. It’s December 2014 and yet few know of the radiation leaking out of Fukushima every second of the day poisoning the
    Pacific Ocean.

    Soon California will see
    Effects from the radiation
    leak in Japan that is going on and has been for years swept under the rug so the people of the world don’t know the ramifications of the
    lack of response to capping and stopping the radiation leak.
    It’s NOT SAFE IN FUKUSHIMA.

    1. If only there was an organization sampling the ocean and testing it for radiation and posting the results online…

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