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Fukushima Radiation Has Reached U.S. Shores – And It’s Only the Beginning

The nuclear disaster of melting down the three nuclear reactors at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, brought catastrophic consequences.

This nuclear accident happened back in 2011 and the TEPCO and the Japanese government are trying to deal with the enormous damage caused by the dangerous radiation released into the Pacific Ocean and environment.

Many people haven’t heard about this nuclear waste yet, but the sad reality is that the radiation hasn’t stopped pouring out of the reactors. They cannot be sealed off due to the extreme heat. So, the Fukushima radiation resulted in 300 tones of contaminated water seeping into the Pacific Ocean. Moreover, the number is constantly increasing.

Up to this day, this radioactive leak has reached the U.S. West Coast, which is harmful both for the wildlife and the residents of the Pacific coastal region.

The seaborne radiation cesium-134 in water samples from the shores of Tillamook Bay in Oregon was measured by a team of researchers. They concluded that the carcinogenic radioactive cesium 134 is a result of the nuclear accident in Japan. Additionally, this toxic element can enter the body like potassium.

The Japanese government urges calm and claim that the situation is under control. They also added that there is nothing to worry about. But, radiation is dangerous even in small amounts and the cancer rates have increased significantly since the nuclear catastrophe.

The bioaccumulation is even greater cause for concern. To be more precise, bioaccumulation is the accumulation of chemicals in one organism. Gradually, the organism absorbs the substance quicker than eliminating it.

Consequently, people who live in this area, consume fish from the West Coast, and drink contaminated water, are exposed to the risk of accumulating cesium in their body. The body will eventually eliminate it, but after causing serious damage.

The TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the corporate media are ignoring an obvious problem.

This is a serious ecological crisis and special attention needs to be paid, but unfortunately we are not fully aware of its seriousness. Scientists have reported mass die-offs of fish and coral. Even more shocking is the fact that this nuclear catastrophe is expected to cause death of all marine life by 2050.

 

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