Title: Fukushima crisis prompts radioactivity concerns worldwide
Source: Arirang News
Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Fukushima crisis prompts radioactivity concerns worldwide
Arirang News Desk: [...] the concerns are very real today, including here in Korea.
Kim Hyun-bin, Reporter: [...] it’s going to be hard to contain [the leaks at Fukushima Daiichi]. First of all, the area is too vast and there are too many radioactive leaks. Concerns and doubts are on the rise about whether they’ll be able to successfully seal the leaks.
Arirang News Desk: So Hyun-bin, you said 300 tons of radioactive water [per day] has leaked out so far. How is that going to affect us here in Korea and the rest of the international community?
Hyun-bin: Well, the majority of the radioactive materials are cesium, strontium and tritium. Cesium makes up nearly 90 percent of the radioactive substances [see below], and it can travel in water [...] By 2016, the current will move the contaminated water to western Canada or the northwestern U.S., and by that time the contaminated water will be at 3-point-5 becquerels, a slight decrease from its current level. [...]
See also – Expert: “They have found strontium-90, which is much more dangerous than radioactive cesium, at levels that are 30 times more than cesium… it bioaccumulates in algae, it bioaccumulates in fish. It targets the bone, because it’s like calcium.”
Published: August 23rd, 2013 at 10:13 am ET