Scientists expect traces of Fukushima radiation on West Coast soon

March 15, 2014 4:04 AM

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Scientists expect traces of Fukushima radiation on West Coast soon

Scientists have crowdsourced a network of volunteers taking water samples at beaches along the West Coast in hopes of capturing a detailed look at low levels of radiation drifting across the ocean since the 2011 tsunami that devastated a nuclear power plant in Japan.

With the risk to public health extremely low, the effort is more about perfecting computer models that will better predict chemical and radiation spills in the future than bracing for a threat, researchers say.

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