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Fukushima, the international health threat!

  1. maxoxam41 profile image79
    maxoxam41posted 3 years ago

    As a direct consequence of the Fukushima nuclear reactor explosion 300 000 tons of contaminated water are rejected daily in the Pacific ocean. Given that Japan has the biggest international fish market, given that the Kuroshio current ends up in the California and Alaska currents what is the probability for the western US not to be affected by the radioactivity?

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
      Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I have been wondering about that too. Drink miso soup and eat yogurt. Keep the bacteria in your gut plentiful. That's what radiaton effects first... the good bacteria.

      1. maxoxam41 profile image79
        maxoxam41posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        In living body radiations eject nucleons from the atomic nuclei and they attack the cell nucleus and break the chromosomes. Against the brain, the nerves and the muscles they show a particular preference in the body to all that is related to heart, e.g. the bone-marrow, the blood-forming organs .etc.

    2. Quilligrapher profile image91
      Quilligrapherposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Greeting, Max. This is an important thread and people should be informed about any possible threats.

      “Given that Japan has the biggest international fish market…”

      All of Japan’s East Coast fisheries have been closed and the sale and export of contaminated fish has been officially banned. Still, the primary risk of contamination is consuming contaminated fish. American and Japanese scientist have both reported overall cesium levels of ocean life have dropped since the fall of 2011 which is good news. {1}

      “Given that the Kuroshio Current ends up in the California and Alaska currents what is the probability for the western US not to be affected by the radioactivity?”

      A good question, Max, but American’s need not be concerned.
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      (Rossi et al. / Deep-Sea Research I)
      “This computer projection shows the estimated extent of the Fukushima spill's plume of radioactive water in 2014. The extent of U.S. coastal waters is indicated by a black line, with a black box enclosing Hawaii.”{2}

      Research teams at Australia’s Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales have built simulation models tracking the likely distribution of radiation in the Pacific Ocean. Their results indicate no ill effects are expected from the waters reaching North America starting in 2014.

      “About 10 to 30 becquerels (units of radioactivity representing decay per second) per cubic meter of cesium-137 could reach U.S. and Canadian coastal waters north of Oregon between 2014 and 2020. (Such levels are far below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s limits for drinking water.)” Levels reaching the California Coastline beginning in 2016 will be even less. {3}

      Science and health officials have been on high alert from the day the accident occurred in 2011. Fortunately, turbulent ocean currents off the eastern coast of Japan quickly dilute radioactive material. Tests following the catastrophe revealed contamination around the nuclear plant had fallen below World Health Organization safety levels within four months of the Fukushima incident. {4}

      Fantastic thread, Max. Many thanks for posting.
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      {1} http://www.livescience.com/39329-fukush … ealth.html
      {2} http://www.nbcnews.com/science/fukushim … 8C11050755
      {3} Ibid.
      {4} Ibid.

 
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