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Bit of Fukushima radiation found on NW river beach, sparks new mystery – The Big Science Blog

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In this satellite view, the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power plant after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 14, 2011 in Futaba, Japan. Japanese officials reported the fire at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant released radioactive material into the air.

It came from Fukushima, but how the heck it got so far up the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia has scientists mystified.

A bit of cesium-134 — a telltale kind of radiation particle expected from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster — has been detected in a soil sample taken from the beach at Kilby Provincial Park, said Krzysztof Starosta, an associate professor of chemistry at Simon Fraser University.


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