Researchers find radioactivity in migratory tuna
Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm
More than a year after a tsunami in Japan flooded the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, researchers from Stanford and Stony Brook Universities report discovering trace amounts of radioactive material in bluefin tuna caught off California's coast in August of 2011.
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Posted by hi, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm
how do you come up with the idea to test migratory tuna for radiation? brilliant!
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Not surprising-given that we have instruments that can detect tiny amounts of radiation that are no health threat.
The real health threat to our health is the millions of tons of mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals and material that China dumps into the Pacific and the atmosphere every year.
Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm
So .. how much of these two isotopes of Caesium were found in the tuna?
Is the Caesium a threat to the tuna? Is the Caesium a threat to humans, if the tuna were to be consumed?
The Caesium 134 has a rather short half-life of about 2 years, and the Caesium 137 has a somewhat longer half-life of about 30 years.
All-in-all, it's not clear what the Stanford folks have found out that should concern us.
Posted by HomerSimpson, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
Posted by assume, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Jun 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm
people have assumed this ,they know there is rads in fish. can't stop eating what can yu do?
Posted by nucleer, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm
How do we know the radiation came from Japan and not a PG&E nuke plant?