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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 06:58 PM
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Fukushima Impact on Marine Life Is Expected to Be Minimal (Wall Street Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704713004576209092999139786.html

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Even if radiation levels in the immediate vicinity of the plant increase, there is likely to be no significant hazard off the coast of Japan or out to sea, according to researchers who studied the marine effects of fallout from nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific and the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which spewed a radioactive plume over the Black Sea.

A swift deep current along the coast of Japan is expected to pull the low concentration of radioactive particles from the Fukushima plant to a depth of about 300 feet and dilute it all by a factor of 50 to 100, researchers said.

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Swept out to sea, depending on the material, many radioactive isotopes such as cesium-137 and strontium-90 usually sink and then remain suspended at depth in the ocean water, sometimes for decades, but have little direct effect on salt-water fish, scientists said.

So far, there is little information about the specific radioactive particles in the steam and smoke coming from the damaged reactors, but scientists have said the radiation likely includes materials such as cesium, strontium and radioactive iodine.

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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 07:03 PM
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1. I don't buy it. Radiation does harm - albeit to varying degrees, but it's not innocuous. nt
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 07:05 PM
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2. I want to see actual data - as of now, there are none
yup
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 07:07 PM
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3. +1 Having come so close on the heels of the BP spill the "the ocean will eat it up" explanation....
...rings a little hollow.

PB
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 07:25 PM
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4. This looks like spin with an economic end in mind
Killing off the fishing industry in Japan and Alaska, Washington, Oregon would not be good for the economies...
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-11 05:11 PM
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5. U-hum... nt
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