18 Feb '12, 12pm

Sick Seals Tested For Nuclear Radiation From Japan

Sick Seals Tested For Nuclear Radiation From Japan

The major earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan in March led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. For months the nation battled to control the meltdown and reduce radiation exposure which was unfortunately prevalent in the region, both in the air and water. Not only did radiation enter the nation’s drinking water, it also entered the sea. High levels of radiation were found well out to sea near Japan in the following weeks of the meltdown. Radiation was entering the sea directly in large quantities according to sources at the time, so dire was the situation that radiation was also found in the rain. Although many scientists concluded that the radiation would be diluted by the ocean, even small levels can be poisonous to ecosystems and individual species. Radiation in the air was detected thousands of miles from Japan at the height of ...

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