Study: High concentrations of Fukushima radioactive material will reach west coast of North America — “Entire coast” to be affected from Alaska to Mexico — “Can negatively affect human life for decades… should raise concern” (MODEL)

Monday, September 23, 2013
By Paul Martin

ENENews.com
September 23rd, 2013

Title: Numerical study and prediction of nuclear contaminant transport from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the North Pacific Ocean
Source: Oceanology Vol.57 No.26
Authors: WANG Hui, WANG ZhaoYi*, ZHU XueMing, WANG DaKui & LIU GuiMei; Key Laboratory of Research on Marine Hazards Forecasting, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center
Received January 12, 2012; accepted March 23, 2012; published online May 30, 2012
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[…] nuclear contaminants at the surface will move eastward in the Pacific as far as 140°W, thereafter dividing into two branches. For the south branch, nuclear contaminants will be transported westward by the equatorial current, and can reach the Philippines after 10 years’ time. In contrast, the north branch will arrive at the American west coast and then migrate to the Bering Sea. At 200 m water depth, part of the nuclear materials will move southwestward along with deep ocean circulation, which could potentially reach the east coast of Taiwan. The other part will move to the west coast of America and separate into two branches. One will move northward along the west coast of Alaska, while the other will travel southward to the Hawaiian Islands. […] The physical dispersion model results show that high concentrations of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 (137Cs) will move eastward and reach the central Pacific and west coast of North America in two and eight years, respectively. […]

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