KAILUA-KONA — It took only one week for radionuclides to infiltrate the atmosphere above the Hawaiian Islands after they were released from damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami March 11, 2011.
Source: Element from Fukushima plant reaches island cattle; But research finds levels are nothing to be alarmed about | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/element-fukushima-plant-reaches-island-cattle-research-finds-levels-are-nothing-be-alarmed-about).
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When a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on 11 March 2011, researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa began collecting samples of local soil and ocean water to establish a baseline for potential contamination of Hawaii.
Now, more than five years of accumulated data show that some radioactive contaminants are present in Hawaii, but at levels well below recommended exposure levels.
Of prime concern is radioactive cesium, “an alkaline earth element and a beta radiation emitter”, which “can damage cell structures within the human body.”
Henrietta Dulai, associate professor in the Marine and Environmental Geology Division of the UH-Manoa Department of Geology and Geophysics, says “The conclusion is pretty much that all is safe…tests are sill ongoing, but we do not expect any significant levels at all.”
The University of Hawaii continues “to monitor air, precipitation and drinking water using the Environmental Protection Agency’s RadNet system.”
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