Radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan could reach the US West Coast in the next 5–6 years, doubling the radioactivity of US coastal waters, according to simulations carried out by German oceanographers Claus Böning, Erik Behrens and colleagues from the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel.
However, Böning points out that, due to considerable mixing and dilution, the level of radioactivity reaching the US will be much lower than that released by the Fukushima plant. “The levels of radiation that hit the US coast will be small relative to the levels released by Fukushima,” he said. “But we cannot estimate accurately what those levels will be because we do not know for certain what was released by Fukushima.”
Excerpted from article written by: Nadya Anscombe, a freelance science journalist based in Bristol, UK
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