Scientists Discover Radioactive Tuna Contaminated From Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
Scientists have - for the first time - discovered Bluefin tuna that were contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan last year - swimming off the coast of California. Radioactive cesium ten times above the normal level was found in the fish.
Back at the crippled nuclear plant - a bulge was detected in the walls of reactor four - increasing fears that the structure holding tens of thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods is not sound. Should the reactor four building give way - it could trigger a nuclear disaster even worse than Chernobyl.
The discovery by researchers from Stanford University and Stony Brook University marks the first instance of radioactive materials being transported through the sea by migrating animals.
The researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how they used the radioactive cesium in the tuna to understand the origin and timing of their migration across the Pacific, showing that the radioactivity emitted by the disaster can be used as a new tool for tracking migration patterns.
On March 11, 2011, a tsunami flooded the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants in Japan, leading to the failure of cooling equipment inside. The plants overheated, spilling their radioactive cooling water into the sea. It was the largest radioactive release into the ocean in the history of nuclear accidents.
Despite the detecting of nuclear fallout from Fukushima in the US. the United States government claimed there was no a need to test seafood for radiation
Recently released scientific studies show that Iodine was detected in Pacific Kelp, Cesium was detected in Pacific tuna, and radiation in fish oil.
Those reports are now forcing the corporate media to report on the reality that Japan nuclear radiation has made its way into the United States seafood supply.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.