Fukushima nuclear waste detected off U.S. West Coast, from California to Canada — “There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now” — Test results will not be revealed to public for several weeks (VIDEO)

Published: October 17th, 2014 at 4:02 pm ET
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Statesman Journal, Oct. 17, 2014 at 1:31p ET (excerpts):

  • Headline: Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast
  • Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from Fukushima… Radioactive water has continued to leak and be released from the complex
  • No state or federal agency is testing Pacific waters for radiation
  • A sample taken Aug. 2 about [750 miles] west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” [and] Cesium 137
  • Further resultsshow offshore Fukushima radiation down the coast into California… including some samples that are closer to shore
  • The captain of a research vessel… offered to collect offshore samples down the entire coast
  • About 40 offshore test results… will be made public next month, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at Woods Hole… at a conference Nov. 13

Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: “I’m not concerned… There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now… It’s not on the beaches, but it’s offshore.”

Only details from the one sample taken Aug 2 off Vancouver were disclosed:

  • Depth = 25 meters
  • Cesium-134 = 2.2 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3)
  • Cesium-137 = 3.9 Bq/m3

4 days ago a new video was uploaded by Woods Hole: Radioactive contaminants from Fukushima are carried across the Pacific Ocean…  and spread along the West Coast of North America by complex coastal processes. Models predict that radionuclides from Fukushima will begin to arrive on the West Coast in early 2014… >> Watch the video here

Published: October 17th, 2014 at 4:02 pm ET
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