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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Fukushima Radiation Arrives

Arrival of the Fukushima radioactivity plume in North American continental waters documents the first arrival of sea-borne radiation from the Fukushima meltdown in 2011:
The radionuclide results in this report represent the first systematic study, to our knowledge, of the arrival of the Fukushima radioactivity signal in continental waters off North America. The present time series results are critical to an understanding of the circulation of Fukushima tracers in the eastern North Pacific and to the tuning and validation of ocean circulation models that are being used to predict the future evolution of this signal. They are also important for informing the public of the magnitude of the Fukushima radioactivity signal in North American continental waters and enabling a science-based assessment of the significance of its potential effects on human health and the environment.
It will be interesting to see whether the newly-elected members of Congress who are clearly anti-science are going to start denying the arrival of Fukushima radiation off our shores. Maybe they'll pass a law prohibiting scientists from measuring that radiation?