Radioactive Fish Found In California: Contamination From Fukushima Disaster Still LingersQuicklink submitted by Rob Kall Permalink
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|Nearly two years after a powerful earthquake triggered a leak at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, the effects of that disaster are still being felt on the other side of the planet. A report released earlier this month by researchers at Stanford U's Hopkins Marine Station found that bluefin tuna caught just off the California coast tested positive for radiation stemming from the incident. The study looked at the levels of radiocesium, one of the most common results of nuclear fission reactions, in Pacific Bluefun Tuna--largely as way to track the species' migratory patterns as the fish make their cross-oceanic journey in search of prey. While the report notes that the levels present in the fish are well below what public health officials would deem dangerous, the presence of radiocesium from the damaged reactor shows just how far-reaching the disaster's effects have...|
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