STATES CHRONICLE – Experts have determined that radiation from Fukushima explosion has reached the US West Coast. The seaborne leak of cesium-134 has alarmed the authorities and many locals which were afraid of some terrible effects. The leak was announced that happened earlier this week. This unfortunate event caused people to avoid going fishing or consuming any sea foods.
What is more, swimming in the affected areas is prohibited. Specialists have developed a report meant to inform the West Coast residents that the Fukushima radiation may not be as disastrous as it may seem. Back on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima nuclear explosion has occurred being caused by the Tohoku earthquake. The earthquake measured 9.0 in magnitude and triggered the formation of massive tsunami waves which affected Japan.
The cooling systems of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were destroyed because of the powerful earthquake and massive tsunami. This accident led to continuous emissions of radiation and three nuclear meltdowns. Scientists who closely analyzed this terrible disaster and who have investigated the matter have argued that the nuclear breakdown in Japan was more severe than the catastrophe which happened at Chernobyl back in 1986.
Others claimed the contrary, stating that the calamity from Chernobyl is known to be the most terrible such accident, still emitting radiations even today, raising the risks of cancer for those who work on the site. The radiation appears to have reached the Gold Beach and Tillamook Bay in Oregon. Experts from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution claimed that they had unveiled the existence of cesium-34 in the two different beaches. This ingredient is known to be the elemental one which was emitted in the Fukushima disaster.
Scientists stated that this is the first time this chemical element occurred on the US beaches after it was first revealed from a water sample on Vancouver Island. After analyzing the effects of the isotope on the waters of the US beaches, experts have argued that they believe the level of exposure to radiation is extremely low such that residents can still swim and fish in the waters there.
Ken Buesseler, the senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has declared that the amount of cesium-134 detected in the sea was insignificant. If somebody were to swim in the contaminated water every day for about six hours per day for a year, the level of radiation which affects your body is even more decreased than a dental x-ray.
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