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The concentration of radioactive material in some waters of the Pacific Ocean has increased one-thousand times since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last March.
The U.S.’s Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said the level of radioactive cesium was ten to one-thousand times higher than usual in samples collected in the Pacific three months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant disaster has been detected as far as almost 400 miles off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, with water showing readings of up to 1,000 times more than prior levels, scientists reported Tuesday. But those results for the substance cesium-137 are far below the levels that are generally considered harmful, either to marine animals or people who eat seafood, said Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Dominion Virginia Power is seeking the source of leaking radioactivity at its North Anna nuclear power plant after an elevated level of tritium was detected in groundwater.
Dominion Virginia Power also told the commission that there's no evidence the leak is related to last year's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
The commission says the radiation isn't a hazard to the public.