Fukushima disaster radiation detected off Canada’s coast

Scene from Ucluelet. Source.

Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said.

Trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 were detected in samples collected on 19 February off the coast of Ucluelet, a small town on Vancouver Island in Canada’s British Columbia, said Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Ken Buesseler.

“Radioactivity can be dangerous, and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” Buesseler said in a statement.

The levels the group detected are extremely low. For example, swimming in the Vancouver Island water every day for a year would provide a dose of radiation less than a thousand times smaller than a single dental X-ray, Woods Hole said…

  • canminuteman

    I work in a nuclear power plant. I go through dozens of monitors over the course of a day. I have only alarmed one a few times, and that has been going from “zone to zone’. So you decontaminate and carry on. I go through three different monitors on my way home and I have never alarmed on going home. I have however alarmed one going to work. I was riding my bicycle, got caught in a heavy rain storm and got drenched. I picked up enough naturally occurring radon, that I alarmed a monitor going to work.
    If you have had any nuclear medicine treatment, you can’t monitor or they will alarm. I heard a story of a guy who was setting off monitors all the time going to work, our health physics guys determined that he had picked up a dose from eating caribou meat hunted in northern Quebec that was contaminated because it ate lichen contaminated by Chernobyl.

    • Frau Katze

      Chernobyl was REALLY bad.

  • tom_billesley

    Exposure to radiation isn’t like exposure to a chemical. There isn’t a dose that is harmless to a healthy individual. Lower doses are less likely to cause a cell mutation, but that consequence remains a possibility. You’re expected to accept the small additional risk without making a fuss.

  • DD_Austin

    Nuke Japan… again

    Seriously there should be more fallout on the countries causing these these disasters than having to say “oops” which is all the compensation the rest of the world gets after nothing is done, that is of the disasters the MSM tells us about.

    Iran. North Korea and pakistan’s compendence is another accident waiting,
    if it hasn’t happened more than once already.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    In other words, this is a non-issue.