Has Fukushima Destroyed The Pacific Ocean?

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Two and a half years after the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, horrible news keeps coming from Japan. Turns out the Fukushima nuclear reactor has been leaking hundreds of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Some experts estimate the fallout is 20-30 times higher than Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and the effects have already reached as far as North and South American coasts.

The water is tainted, fish are showing high levels of radiation, and even plankton – the very essence of the food chain – are highly contaminated. At the very least, we can’t eat Pacific fish for the rest of our lives. At the worst, radioactive water on half our planet will have extreme health consequences (CANCER) and embed itself in our cells for generations.

Many scientists say the current effects aren’t as drastic as the doomsday reports would have us believe, but is radioactive contamination ever a good thing? My take is that scientists and governments are downplaying the research for two main reasons: a) can’t create panic and b) there’s nothing they can do to fix it.

Either way, this is not good.

Must Read: At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over | hawaiiishot.com.

One Comment

  1. From a comment on this post from a Facebook follower:

    Ryno, I live in Japan and I’ve spent a lot of time working in Fukushima Prefecture. As part of my job, I’ve spoken with some very skeptical oceanographers, engineers and radiological experts, none of whom suggest oceanwide panic. There have been fishing restrictions on a vast swath of ocean surrounding Fukushima, and all seafood in Japan is tested very stringently. Thus far, the seafood in the rest of Japan — forget about the rest of the Pacific — has been clean. If this were some kind of conspiracy, it would mean that thousands of people all around the country suddenly went genocidal. I do not believe that to be the case. The current outflows are disturbing, as are the appearance of strontium-90 (not all radiation is the same). It merits watching. But it’s a long way from oceanwide effects. Some perspective: there are 36,614,237,300,000,000,000,000 gallons of water in the world’s oceans, half of which are in the Pacific. The current contaminated outflows, in gallons, aren’t enough to constitute a rounding error.

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