CBC News, Feb 26, 2014: Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster reached Canada’s west coast last June, far earlier than expected. [...] Interestingly, the signal arrived far earlier than predicted by scientific models of ocean currents — two years earlier in the case of one model. Smith said he thinks that may be because the radioactivity released by Fukushima wasn’t just discharged straight into the ocean. Some was blown up into the atmosphere and was carried east before falling into the ocean ahead of the “plume” released straight into the water. “In other words, it gave the plume a bit of head start across the Pacific,” said [John] Smith, a chemical oceanographer […] some radiation was reported detected in Alaska last November.
The Week, Feb. 27, 2014: Three years after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, we’re pretty sure a radioactive plume just finished crossing the dang Pacific Ocean. Luckily, the radioactive cesium is so diluted by this point that it poses no danger (so far anyway). But nuclear meltdowns freak people out, and for good reason. The hazards are obvious and easy to understand: Invisible poison! Cancer! Mutation! Early, painful death! And, it turns out, radioactive plumes stretching 4,800 miles across the ocean!
CBC News, Feb 26, 2014: “I think it’s important to get measurements, and since the governments aren’t doing it, we thought the public has a large concern we’d ask them help collect and fund the sampling,” said Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute researcher Ken Buesseler. [...] “There’s a great alarm, when you don’t know. People can speculate all kinds of things”
KPCC, Feb. 24, 2014: Ocean’s so big, they expect it to dilute, but they don’t really know for sure.
Bay Nature, Feb. 27, 2014: [National Park Service ecologist Sarah Allen:] The parks are monitoring their beaches for debris from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and submitting that data to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
CBS 8, Feb. 25, 2014: Still, there are legitimate concerns about radiation arriving on the west coast from the March 2011 Fukushima Disaster in Japan. […] “Personally, I don’t think we are going to see things of a dangerous level. I don’t know that, but that’s is the belief going in. But it’s likely we will be able to detect it,” [San Diego State Biology Professor Matthew Edwards] added.
Published: February 28th, 2014 at 3:13 am ET