Caution in eating fish – avoid fish from Fukushima

Fukushima Radiation Risks from Eating Fish, Switchboard  Matthew McKinzie’s Blog  24 sept 13


For the foreseeable future, one should avoid eating fish caught near Fukushima. Buesseler says that during his own sampling survey in waters 30 to 600 kilometres from Fukushima in June 2011, three months after the meltdown, the highest levels he found were 3 Bq/liter of cesium-137. This suggests that the consumption of fish caught in these waters would not represent a significant risk to individuals.

There is not a significant radiological risk to individuals associated with consuming fish caught near the West coast of the United States and Hawaii.

 Ken Buesseler notes that the north Pacific contains an estimated 100 PBq of cesium-137 from H-bomb testing in the 1960s, so the fallout from Fukushima is adding only a fraction of that. Total discharges from the Sellafield nuclear plant in the UK released 39 PBq over 40 years of operation, according to Buessler.


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