CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The radioactive plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will reach U.S. shores within 3 years of the date of the incident, Australian researchers say.
Atmospheric radiation was detected on the U.S. West Coast within days of the incident, but radioactive particles in the ocean plume take considerably longer to travel the same distance.
Writing in the journal Deep-Sea Research 1, scientists with the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence for Climate System Science said it is likely to be harmless when it arrives.
“Observers on the West Coast of the United States will be able to see a measurable increase in radioactive material three years after the event,” researcher Erik van Sebille said in an ARC release Wednesday.
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