Record Levels of Fukushima Japan Nuclear Radiation Detected In Pacific Ocean Will Be Carried Toward US

Thursday, April 14, 2011
By Paul Martin

The Intel Hub
By Alexander Higgins – Contributing Writer
April 13th, 2011

Record levels of japan nuclear radiation have been found in the Pacific Ocean off the Fukushima, Japan Coast. The radiation is expected carried toward the US by fast-moving currents.

NHK news reports record levels of radiation in the ocean off the coast of Fukushima have been detected.

High radiation levels in sea off Fukushima coast
The science ministry says radiation levels in seawater off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture are the highest since it began monitoring them about 3 weeks ago.

The ministry says the level of iodine-131 was 88.5 becquerels per liter in a sample taken on Monday in the sea about 30 kilometers east of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The figure is 2.2 times the government’s upper limit for wastewater from nuclear facilities.

The level of cesium-137 was also the highest observed so far, but was below the limit.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says the iodine-131 level was 23 times the upper limit in a sample taken 15 kilometers from the plant.

This was the highest figure since TEPCO began taking samples 15 kilometers offshore on April 2nd.

Radiation levels are higher in the sea to the north of the crippled plant.

The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says radioactive substances seem to be flowing and diffusing northward.

The agency says predicting the course of the flow is difficult and it will step up monitoring in locations where high radiation levels have been detected.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 09:04 +0900 (JST)
Source:NHK

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