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Research Group: Radioactivity Attributable to Fukushima Disaster Circles Pacific in Only 1 Year

Write: 2019-07-09 17:18:51Update: 2019-07-09 18:16:27

Research Group: Radioactivity Attributable to Fukushima Disaster Circles Pacific in Only 1 Year

A Japanese research group has published data suggesting that radioactive contamination from Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster had circled the Pacific Ocean within just a year of the disaster.

According to the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun on Monday, a joint Japanese university research group said radioactivity presumed to have been released from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after it was hit by a tsunami in 2011 was detected in 2012 off Japan's coasts. 

If confirmed, it would mark a much faster pace than initial expectations that said it would take 20 to 30 years for the contaminated materials to return to Japan after circling the world's largest ocean.

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