Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1 million tons of Fukushima debris floating near US West Coast? -- NOT RADIOACTIVE

There's been reports that a large "island" of debris from the Fukushima Tsunami are floating in the Ocean and about to hit the US West Coast.

The word "island" is a bit of a misnomer because it's just a large cluster of debris, rather than a solid mass.

It's also clear that radiation from this debris is negligible.  On its website, the NOAA says, “Radiation experts agree that it is highly unlikely that any tsunami-generated marine debris will hold harmful levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear emergency.”

Independent groups like the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks pollution at sea, have echoed the NOAA’s findings, saying that radiation readings have been “inconsequential.” Even the release of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear reactor shouldn't be a grave concern, since scientists say it will be diluted to the point of being harmless by the time it reaches American shores in 2014.

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