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Scientists Assess Radioactivity In The Ocean From Japan Nuclear Power Facility

December 9, 2011

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
New study analyzes radioactivity from facility in first months after accident

With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear.

A new study analyzes levels of radioactivity released to the ocean in the Japan accident.

Credit: Ken Buesseler, WHOI

But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged in the first four months after the accident.

It draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean.

The study was conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist Ken Buesseler and two colleagues based in Japan, Michio Aoyama of the Meteorological Research Institute and Masao Fukasawa of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

Radioactivity is expected to follow the Kuroshio Current off Japan.

Credit: WHOI

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