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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Radiation in the Ocean Near Japan

Published: August 11, 2012

By Bobby Bascomb

The Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan

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Tests have confirmed that highly radioactive water has escaped Japan's disabled nuclear facility and leaked into the Pacific Ocean. Cesium and Iodine contamination are big concerns but scientists think the irradiated water will be diluted by the enormity of the ocean.

Radioactive water has leaked out of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors and into the Pacific Ocean. Living on Earth's Bruce Gellerman talks with University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering professor Kimberlee Kearfott, about how the radioactive water might affect marine life.

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