Radioactivity Still Lingering In The Pacific Ocean From Nuclear Bomb Tests More Than 50 Years Ago

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A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment revealed that radioactivity remains persistent in the lagoons of remote Marshall Island atolls in the Pacific Ocean where the United States carried out a total of 66 nuclear weapon tests between the 1940s and 1950s.

A team of researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) noted that while levels of radioactive cesium and plutonium have declined since the 1970s, the toxic elements continue to be released in the sea.

Data obtained from analyzed water samples showed that the levels of plutonium were 100 or more times higher in lagoon waters than the surrounding Pacific Ocean. The experts also found that the levels of a radioactive form of cesium were twice as high in the lagoon waters compared with the surrounding oceans.

The scientists also cited that radioactive groundwater is not leaking much from the Runit Dome — an immense 350-foot-wide concrete lid that contains 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive soil — but cautioned that the structure’s bottom is not lined and is situated below sea level.

“Already the sea sometimes washes over [the dome] in a large storm. The United States government has acknowledged that a major typhoon could break it apart and cause all of the radiation in it to disperse. I’m persuaded that the radiation outside the dome is as bad as the radiation inside the dome. And therefore, it is a tragic irony that the U.S. government may be right, that if this material were to be released that the already bad state of the environment around there wouldn’t get that much worse,” said Michael Gerrard of Columbia University.

Japan’s Fukushima power plant is also leaking radioactive water

Just like the Marshall Islands, the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster has left ground water contaminated with radioactive materials six years after the unfortunate event. A team of researchers obtained samples from eight beaches within 60 miles of the power plant between 2013 and 2016 as part of their study. (Related: Blunder at Fukushima: Mistake may have contaminated groundwater with radioactive waste)

The experts observed that the levels of radioactive waste in some groundwater samples were as much as 10 times higher than samples taken from the port around Fukushima itself. Likewise, the experts have detected radioactive wastes in sands and brackish water as far as 60 miles away from the nuclear plant.

According to the scientists, higher levels of radioactive materials ran up to more than three feet deep in the sand. The scientists explained that the sand acted like a sponge and absorbed the radioactive materials following the 2011 power plant failure. The experts have also cautioned that the toxic wastes are slowly being released back into the ocean.

“No one expected that the highest levels of cesium in ocean water today would be found not in the harbor of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but in the ground water many miles away below the beach sands. Only time will slowly remove the cesium from the sands as it naturally decays away and is washed out by seawater,” said Virginie Sanial of WHOI.

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  • darkhorse

    of course it still lingers…. what do you think all those mutilated cows were all about? It sure wasn’t fake UFOs… the specific ares cut out of the bovine carcasses showed if there were still amounts of radiation absorbed from grazing and water…

  • KreepyJoe

    Where’s them Osama bin Lanzas this week?


    Relocate the US capital to its historic location, Jerusalem

  • John C Carleton

    Guess thats why the Washington DC pedophiles are still exploding Nukes inside on occupied American Land.
    The Washington DC thirty shekel call boys and girls just seem to care so much for the future of Americans, unless someone has some bribe money.
    Then, Americans get sold to the highest bidder by the whores of Washington.

  • idontknow

    And little did they know when they began that testing that lurking in a block of ice, evil incarnate, waiting only to be melted down and rise again.

    Waiting only to take those giant footsteps.

    I think I hear them now. Sounds like it’s coming this way! Sounds like…Holy shiit, it’s GODZILLA!!!

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  • Sgt. Misanthrope

    And that’s why we don’t eat fish from the Pacific at our house. Cesium 137 sticks around awhile, like some 30-year half-life.

    • Cesium is a piker. Several radionuclides have half lives over a century.
      How would they separate fallout from a bomb test from the much greater contamination running into the Pacific everyday from Fukushima?

    • Last testing by most allies ended in 1992 (Agenda 21).

    • Frank Energy

      Cesium is bad, but really just a distraction. Strontium plutonium far far worse. They don’t even test for those.

  • BULLSHIT 50 years ago !
    USA stopped testing in the early 1990s.

  • Frank Energy

    195 Tons of Radiation from Fukuhima, but a dime size piece of strontium would contaminate the area of central park for 300 years.

    – Fukushima had explosions from WITHIN the reactor vessel and/or fuel
    pool, launching in a Cannon type fashion, TONS of Uranium and Plutonium
    into the atmosphere