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Argentum-110m detected in marine life: China researchers — All water samples contain strontium-90

Published: August 24th, 2011 at 3:51 pm ET
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Excessive Radiation Found in Sea Organisms Near Japan’s Nuke Plant, Xinhua, August 24, 2011:

Biological samples taken from waters in the Western Pacific region east of Fukushima, Japan show excessive radiation levels, said a statement from China’s State Oceanic Administration on Wednesday.

The administration suggested that government agencies intensify radiation testing of marine products from the targeted waters to protect public health in China.

According to the statement, the levels of strontium-90, a radioactive isotope of strontium, found in squids are 29 times higher than the average background level of samples taken from China’s coastal waters. [...]

The samples were also found to contain argentum-110m [radioactive silver] and cesium-134, which are normally difficult to detect in biological samples from China’s coastal waters, the statement said. [...]

  • Cesium-137 detected in all water samples
  • Strontium-90 detected in all water samples
  • Cesium-134 detected in 94% of water samples
Published: August 24th, 2011 at 3:51 pm ET
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