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Traces of radioactive water from Fukushima detected on US West Coast

March 18, 2014


American scientists have announced that radioactive ocean water from Japan's Fukushima reactor has reached the U.S. northwest coast but they said that there is absolutely no risk for Americans or their water quality, according to media reports.

In fact, this occurrence has been expected for the past two years. Such a long distance away from the Fukushima site, radioactivity levels are too low to be of any concern, according to Forbes. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards say that the safe level of radioactivity is 7,400 Bq/m3, while the level detected at the U.S. coast is barely 1 Bq/m3.

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Scientists are more interested in the way the water moved to reach its current destination. There is no simple way to evaluate the speed and the amount of Fukushima water moving through the Pacific but there are two different models that scientists have been looking into and both are conclusive that the water is safe. However, measuring the radioactivity will be very important now that the plume has reached the U.S. coast, Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Mass., told Fox News. He is calling for volunteers to help the scholarly community sample coastal water and added that tests should be carried out once every two or three months over the next few years.