Fish caught near Fukushima contains record levels of radioactive cesium

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Until now, the radioactivity record for a fish caught near the Fukushima nuclear plant was 510,000 becquerels/kg, but TEPCO has revealed that a 38 cm greenling fish weighing 564 grams was caught near a water intake of the four reactor units in the power station’s port on Feb. 21 during the utility’s operation to remove fish from the port, and that it broke that record:

[TEPCO] detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught in waters near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, equivalent to 7,400 times the state-set limit deemed safe for human consumption. [...]

Tepco has installed a net on the sea floor of the port exit in Fukushima Prefecture to make it hard for fish living near the sediments of contaminated soil to go elsewhere.

A becquerel is a very small unit of measurement, so even 740k isn't as high as it might seem (though still very worrisome), but still, this shows that the Fukushima saga is far from over even 2 years later...

Via The Japan Times

See also: There's life even at the deepest point of the ocean (11,000 meters down!)

Tags: Japan | Nuclear Power


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