Nuclear radiation from Fukushima, the tsunami-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, is radiating to the west coast of the United States. The Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was built by General Electric, was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago.
The failure of the venting system allowed hydrogen explosions to occur, which, in turn, sent large amounts of radioactive materials into the air. Now, radiation monitoring stations across the country are indicating elevated radiation levels, especially along the U.S. west coast. According to Scoop Media, some 300 tons of radioactive water are released from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean—every day. Because the radioactive material is building in the food chain, the released material is continually increasing. Experts say that it could take four decades to clean up the Fukushima disaster, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Among many other findings, it seems that polar bears, seals, and walruses along Alaska’s coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores; there are reports of epidemic sea lion fatalities along the California coastline; the sockeye salmon population is dwindling along Canada’s and Alaska’s Pacific coasts; and west coast Canadian fish are bleeding from their gills, bellies, and eyes, according to Snoop Media.
A field of radioactive garbage that originated at Fukushima and which is roughly the size of the state of California, has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is colliding with the U.S. west coast. A related finding indicates that projected radioactivity measured in U.S. west coast coastal waters could double in the next five or so years, Snoop Media reported.
The issues originating at Fukushima are far reaching and have led to elevated levels of radioactive materials in a plankton, Bluefin tuna, mackerel, halibut, sardines, eel, cod, anchovies, carp, seaweed, shark, sea bass and monkfish, to name just some and at levels seen between 73 and 100 percent in tested aquatic life. Experts, say Snoop Media, believe that these levels correlate to very high cancer levels being seen in the west coast of the U.S.
“Look at what’s going on now: They’re dumping huge amounts of radioactivity into the ocean—no one expected that in 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told Global Security Newswire. “We could have large numbers of cancer from ingestion of fish.”
Some Bluefin tuna showing up off the Pacific Coast of the U.S. last year were contaminated, representing the first time such large migrating fish were shown to contain radioactivity over such a long distance, according to a prior The Associated Press (AP) report. The fish would typically shed the radiation metabolically with growth, but were unable to flush all the toxins, the AP explained, confirming that the 6,000-mile distance between the United States and the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remains a serious threat.
After the disaster, we wrote about radioactive material believed to be from the stricken plant found in Japanese baby formula, prompting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to halt the import of produce and dairy products from areas of Japan near the damaged reactors, and to screen seafood and other products imported from that country. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also stepped up monitoring of radiation in air and water in the U.S. at the time.
We also previously wrote about radiation from the Japan nuclear disaster making its way into U.S. milk and involving the radioactive isotope of strontium. The dangerous isotope was detected in a milk sample from Hilo, Hawaii. Radioactive material that likely originated from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was detected in milk in Arkansas, Arizona, and Vermont, as well as in drinking water in several U.S. cities.