With surfing being lined up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the spotlight is again shined upon the radiation levels in the water caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident. It was the largest ever release of nuclear material into the ocean. It has elevated the radiation levels off the coast of Japan.
But some good news have surfaced recently. Radiation levels in the Pacific Ocean show signs of returning to normal, 5 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A team of scientists from the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and Pere Masqué, Professor of Environmental Radiochemistry at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia examined the radioactive caesium levels in the ocean from Japan’s coast across the Pacific to North America and found that the levels of contamination were decreasing rapidly.
The team revealed that the radiation levels are likely to return to normal levels in the next few years, but constant monitoring is required until then.