Fukushima radiation threat minimised in British Columbia
Ucluelet beach in British Columbia. (Photo: Stock File)
Radiation traces from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster for the first time detected along a North American shoreline are deemed too low to affect human or marine life.
In statements made to FIS.com, scientists claimed that even though radioactivity can be dangerous, the levels of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 detected in the samples collected off the coast of Ucluelet, a small town on Vancouver Island in Canada's British Columbia, are not high enough to pose a threat.
For his part, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist Ken Buesseler pointed out he expects similar low cesium levels to gradually reach other North American shores, possibly extending along the US West Coast from Washington state to California.