WATCH: Radioactive plume map shows Fukushima contamination heading toward Hawaii (VIDEO)

Published: March 16th, 2012 at 6:02 am ET
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Title: Fukushima Radioactive Seawater Plume dispersal simulation
Source: ASR ltd
Date: March 2012

We use a Lagrangian particles dispersal method to track where free floating material (fish larvae, algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton…) present in the sea water near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station plant could have gone since the earthquake on March 11th. THIS IS NOT A REPRESENTATION OF THE RADIOACTIVE PLUME CONCENTRATION. Since we do not know exactly how much contaminated water and at what concentration was released into the ocean, it is impossible to estimate the extent and dilution of the plume. [...]

Assuming that a part of the passive biomass could have been contaminated in the area, we are trying to track where the radionuclides are spreading as it will eventually climb up the food chain. The computer simulation presented here is obtained by continuously releasing particles at the site during the 2 months folllowing [sic] the earthquake and then by tracing the path of these particles. [...]

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h/t SurferMag forum

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Published: March 16th, 2012 at 6:02 am ET
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