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China’s State Oceanic Administration said the tests show that the polluted area is far wider than the areas released by the Japanese government. According to the study, the radiation survey found that over 252,000 kilometers, or just shy of 100,000 square mile,s of Pacific ocean waters was contaminated by the time the study was completed on July 4th. The study found that the radiation has spread to distances up to 800 kilometers from the coast of the Fukushima prefecture. According to the article, cesium radiation was found at levels up to 300 times higher than concentration levels detected in water off the coast of China. The study also found Strontium-90 radiation levels up to 100 times higher than those found in Chinese waters.
China’s Department of Environmental Protection also warned “Cesium-137 and strontium-90 both have half-lives of about 30 years, making it more likely they will eventually enter the food chain and affect the health of consumers.”