|Kim Martini reported in 2013 that the tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan. It also resulted in the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when the tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere and ocean, contaminating groundwater, soil and seawater which effectively closed local Japanese fisheries, and all other industry in the area as well.|
As a media event, this has also led to some wild speculation on the widespread dangers of Fukushima radiation on the internet. Posts with titles like Holy Fukushima, Radiation From Japan Is Already Killing North Americans and 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima (which Southern Fried Science has already thoroughly debunked) keep popping up on my Facebook feed from well-meaning friends.
Martini informs you that these posts are just plain garbage. Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast are not in any danger. These posts were meant to scare people (and possibly written by terrified authors). They did just that, but there is a severe lack of facts in these posts. Which is why I am here to give you the facts, and nothing but the facts as Matini knew them at the time.
For more in depth articles about radiation from Fukushima in the ocean you should see some of Marine Chemist Posts at Daily Kos. Written by Jay T. Cullen, at the University of Victoria, the posts gives the current research on Fukushima Radiation from a variety of sources. I especially recommend his most recent post on Update on Fukushima Radionuclides in the North Pacific and Off the West Coast of North America, were he discusses the recent detection of radiation off the coast of Canada. The most recent observations from June 2013 shows the spread of Cesium-137 was on par with the predictions by Rossi, but the concentrations are safe, and lower than predicted.
Good read. Remember, this article was written in 2013. Search for updates to confirm.