California Professor: “Serious threat” to our ocean, environment and society from ongoing Fukushima radiation releases — U. of California: “Unprecedented events with global consequences… fallout is far from over” — Scientist: ‘Risky’ (PHOTO)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
By Paul Martin
May 27th, 2014

Sonoma County Gazette, April 24, 2014: Citizen Science: Monitoring Fukushima Radiation […] Sponsored by the SRJC Physics Program and Chemistry Dept.: Two leading world experts in radiation monitoring will be speaking at 7:00pm on Saturday, May 31, in Carole Ellis Auditorium located on the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. […] The on-going radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant constitute a serious threat to our ocean, natural environment and society. Dr. [Ken] Buesseler’s presentation, “The View from the Ocean,” will provide an overview of studies of Fukushima radionuclides in the ocean, its uptake by fish and potential impacts on fisheries in Japan and the U.S. West Coast. […] Dan Sythe will discuss his extensive work in developing and manufacturing radiation monitoring devices and his efforts to equip, educate and protect communities faced with the threat of radioactive fallout. […] For more information, contact: Lynda Williams [SRJC Professor of Engineering/Physics] 707-527-4680

Petaluma Press Democrat (Event Flyer), May 25, 2014: On-going release of radiation from Fukushima continues to threaten our oceans, natural environment & society. Two leading experts in radiation monitoring will discuss natural & man-made radionuclides, how to measure their levels where we live, and crowd sourced websites collecting citizen scientist data […] Moderated by John Bertucci,

UCSB Current, May 8, 2014: The March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami and subsequent radiation releases at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were unprecedented events with global consequences. And while the fallout is far from over, it may not be as dire on the West Coast as people might think. […] Buesseler […] will give a talk in UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall on Tuesday, May 27. […] “Whether it’s of human health concern or not, we need data to actually validate which models we should be using to look at cesium in the ocean,” Buesseler said. “Those models predict very low concentrations but it won’t be zero — this is a hard thing to convey […] there are many other things we do that are risky. Flying on an airplane or a dental X-ray would give you a much higher dose than what we’re expecting in the water here.” […] Although levels of cesium in the ocean being released […] are a thousand times lower than in 2011, other isotopes such as strontium-90 are becoming of greater concern.

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