If Japanese authorities decide to dump radioactive water from the accidental Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, the United States could become the main victim, said a lecturer at the Department of Oceanology of the Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov Sergey Mukhametov.
According to him, the radioactive water will first fall on the coast of Alaska, then on the west coast of the United States and Canada.
Mukhametov noted that over time radioactive water will reach Kamchatka, but at that time it will be strongly “diluted” with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. He pointed out that the water from the accidental nuclear power plant “Fukushima” contains a radioactive isotope of hydrogen – tritium, the half-life of which is about 12 years. Ingestion of large amounts of tritium into the human body can cause health problems.
The IAEA commission visited the station last year and gave a generally positive preliminary assessment of Japan’s preparations for the water release. On January 13 this year, the Japanese government commission decided to postpone the discharge of weakly radioactive water from Fukushima-1 from spring 2023 to summer.
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