Radioactive Fish Found in U.S. Waters
June 8, 2012 Leave a Comment
Back in March 2011, an earthquake struck Fukushima Daiichi in Japan and critically damaged a nuclear power plant causing a massive leak of radiation. More than 100,000 people had to evacuate, and the fallout in the Japanese region will be an issue for decades to come. The radiation leak also forced highly contaminated fish to migrate across the ocean toward the coast of the United States.
The National Academy of Sciences report that Pacific blue fin tuna were found off the coast of California with alarmingly high levels of radiation. These massive tuna still carried radioactive substances as they migrated across the Pacific Ocean.Radioactive cesium was present in these fish at 10 times the normal level. Health officials say the levels are too low to be considered a health threat (yeah right). No amount of radiation is good for you.
Seafood safety has always been a big issue in the past few years, even before the disaster in Fukushima. Just this month, a number of states issued warning about shellfish from Korea. While the FDA did not issue a specific recall, it issued a statement stating “oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops from Korea should be removed from the market.”
Along with the radioactive fish, the crippled nuclear plant back in Japan is also a major concern. A bulge was detected in the walls of reactor four, increasing fears that the structure holding tens of thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods is not stable. If the reactor building gave way, experts say it could trigger a nuclear disaster even worse than Chernobyl.
Not something we would like to see happen.
Radioactive waste watchdog Kevin Kamps explains the health consequences and potential for further nuclear disaster in Japan:
via Yahoo! News