Oct 4, 2017
It’s been six years since a massive earthquake, followed by a 50-foot tsunami, slammed into Japan’s northeast coast, resulting in one of the worst nuclear accidents in history.
But scientists have now discovered a ‘new and unanticipated’ source of radioactive waste left behind by the Fukushima disaster.
New research has pinpointed radioactive material from the power plant in sands and brackish water as far as 60 miles away, and found it’s slowly being released back into the ocean.
While the radioactive waste discovered in the new study is not considered to be a health concern, the find highlights another unexpected consequence of a nuclear meltdown far from the site of the disaster itself.
In some cases, the levels in the groundwater were as much as 10 times higher than levels in the seawater in the harbour around Fukushima itself.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:38 am