Thursday, May 19, 2011

Forbes Blog: Scientists Will Track Fukushima Radiation in the Ocean

"Scientists Will Track Fukushima Radiation To Study Ocean Currents"

• Radioactive Isotopes Expected to Reach U.S. Coast In One To Two Years

• Woods Hole Institute To Send Research Vessel To Japan

"Oceanographers know that the Kuroshio current sweeps west from Japan to the Central Pacific and then toward the U.S. West Coast, but they’re less certain how it behaves after it branches toward Alaska and California.

"Radiation still leaking into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant will help them document the ocean’s circulatory system.

“By the time that current reaches the Central Pacific, there are branches heading more towards Alaska and the South—that gets harder to predict,” said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

MAJIA HERE: The amount of radiation released into the ocean is simply unprecedented. It is a tragedy. Thankfully these scientists will track its dispersion.

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