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Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima reaching California coast

Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima reaching California coast

By Steven Mihailovich

When the roof blew off reactor building No. 3 at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011 releasing toxic amounts of radioactivity into the environment, Californians felt safe knowing the disaster was unfolding more than 5,000 miles away across the Pacific. However, the same ocean that separates us from Japan also connects us and the radioactive waters that have been riding a current for more than three years are expected to wash ashore some time this year.

While scientists anticipate substantial dilution of the radiation in the world’s largest body of water, the potential...

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