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No Fukushima radiation so far in tests off US West Coast, say scientists

Published on Jul 30, 2014 7:42 AM
 
A geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.860 microsievert per hour, is seen at a radiation decontamination operaton site at Yamakiya district in Kawamata town, Fukushima prefecture June 23, 2014. Tests of water off the US West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the US shore, scientists said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PORTLAND, Oregon (REUTERS) - Tests of water off the US West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the US shore, scientists said on Tuesday.

Results obtained this week in tests of water gathered by an Oregon conservation group and tested by East Coast scientists came in as expected with no Fukushima-linked radiation, and five more tests are planned at six-month intervals to see if radiation levels will climb.

"We've seen radiation halfway across the Pacific, north of Hawaii, but in US waters there has been none, yet," Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler said.

Tests of some fish species, which can race across the ocean more quickly than slow-moving currents, have shown higher levels of radiation, although radiation levels in sea life off the US shore are still safe, Buesseler said.

 
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