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Scores of experts and
analysts have feared for months that it
would happen, and now it has: Radiation
from the heavily damaged nuclear power
plants at Japan's Fukushima complex has
made it into the seafood chain off the
coast of America.
Small amounts of cesium-137 and
cesium-134, both radioactive elements
released after a major earthquake-caused
tsunami damaged at least three reactors at
the site along Japan's northeastern coast in
March 2011, have been found in at least 15
tuna that were recently caught off the coast
of California, scientists have said.
The finding suggests that the fish may have
carried the contamination across the Pacific
Ocean faster than wind or water has been
able to do, and months earlier than wind
and water brought debris from the
damaged nuclear plant across the ocean to
the shores of Alaska and the Pacific
Northwest, said Reuters.