Volume 93 Issue 33 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 24, 2015

Nuclear Accident: Cesium contamination persists in ocean floor near Fukushima Daiichi site

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Fukushima Daiichi, cesium, fisheries, ocean chemistry

A fraction of the radioactive cesium released during Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in 2011 was deposited on the nearby seafloor and will likely persist for decades, says a study by scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts.

Less than 1% of the cesium released ended up on the ocean floor, but it accounts for the majority of marine . . .

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