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2011 Fukushima meltdown not a threat to Pacific region

Anthony CanovaAccording to an article, people are fearing that the 2011 tsunami disaster that caused a radiation leak to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan could be having lasting effects on the Pacific coast region including California.

Experts say there is no need to worry, especially a few years removed from the Tsunami that rocked the country of Japan. Due to a slew of reports and bloggers, people began to panic that there could be exceeding radiation levels to be concerned with. According to the California Department of Public Health, “There is no public health risk at California beaches due to radioactivity related to events at Fukushima.” So don’t worry! Get back on your surf board and enjoy what the California beaches have to offer.

What could have caused the onslaught of fear was blue fin tuna that had radioactive cesium from the nuclear power plant in their tissue. These fish migrate from the water near Japan across the Pacific to the coasts of California. The amounts of radioactivity found in the fish were very low at best and are continuing to fall since the nuclear meltdown in 2011.

The news stories and blogging on the web caused health inspectors to check out the beaches to see if their were any abnormal levels of radioactivity. According to the reports, there was radioactivity detected but at naturally occurring levels. Health inspectors expected the readings to be coming from minerals in the sand that aren’t associated with the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.

So again, enjoy the beaches of California! There is no need to worry about any abnormal amounts of radioactivity along the coastline. Don’t always take everything you see online as the truth. Although, it definitely was a good call for health inspectors to double check just to be sure.