Fukushima Radioactive Cesium-137 Detected Off Coast of Canada

Posted by on Monday, September 28, 2015

According to a study conducted by researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has now been detected in the coastal waters of North America, including here in Canada.

Samples collected on February 19 from various locations off the coast of British Columbia detected cesium-134 at levels of 1.4 Becquerels per cubic meter, and cesium-137 at levels of 5.8 Becquerels per cubic meter.

A Becquerel is a unit of radioactivity. Shortly after the Fukushima meltdowns, Japanese coastal waters tested at 50 million Becquerels per cubic meter. Levels near Ucluelet, BC are nearly six times higher.

Meanwhile, radioactive material continues to pour into the sea by the Fukushima plant. 

The disaster of course stems from the massive earthquake and tsunami back in 2011. It caused three separate nuclear meltdowns at Japans’ Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The explosion ejected massive amounts of radioactive material into the air, much of which ended up in the Pacific Ocean.

The Team

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