Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine life, five years later

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Decommission of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, February, 2015. Captions and Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank


Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately 80 percent of the fallout happened over the Pacific Ocean.

A new study explores the environmental consequences in the marine environment of the accident. It outlines the status of current research about the impact of the fallout on plant and animal life and what remains to be done as the radioactivity continues to spread…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (10-18-2016)

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