The North Pacific Gyre will likely deliver radioactive plumes from Japan to the US West Coast beginning in April of this year. Scientists have determined that radioisotope concentrations in the Pacific Ocean are projected to be below the US EPA’s thresholds and not harmful to humans. Even though radiation levels will be low, it is crucial to determine if radiation will have long-term implications for our marine ecosystem.
Multiple organizations are teaming up by creating citizen science projects and scientific campaigns to monitor the radiation as it approaches our coastlines. This research is pivotal to understand how this disaster affects our ocean in the present and for generations to come.
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