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Web Date: November 1, 2011

Good and Bad News About Fukushima’s Impact On Ocean

Nuclear Crisis: Marine radioactive cesium is higher than normal, but has fallen since the disaster
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Fukushima, cesium, radioactivity, marine life, nuclear accident

As of July, the earthquake- and tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan was still leaking radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean. An analysis of government and power company data finds that the resulting marine levels nearby were about 10,000 times greater than background (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es202816c). These levels are significantly lower than they were shortly after the March earthquake and may not pose . . .

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