National Geographic: 3 years for contamination to reach U.S. coast from Fukushima, scientist estimates

Published: August 7th, 2013 at 8:03 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know
Source: National Geographic
Author: Patrick J. Kiger
Date: August 7, 2013

[...] A mathematical model developed by Changsheng Chen of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Robert Beardsley of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute found that radioactive particles disperse through the ocean differently at different depths. The scientists estimated that in some cases, contaminated seawater could reach the western coast of the United States in as little as five years. [Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who has analyzed thousands of samples of fish from the area]thinks the process occurs a bit more rapidly, and estimates it might take three years for contamination to reach the U.S. coastline. [...]

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