Scientists Say Radiation Not Big Concern In Tsunami Debris

It’s been just over a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The ensuing tsunami devastated Japan’s coastline and killed nearly 16,000 people. While Japan continues to recover from the disaster, debris has started to show up on U.S. shores. The tsunami took out the Fukushima nuclear plant and there have been concerns that the washout could be radioactive. Earlier this month debris was reported on Sitka’s shores and some was found on Kodiak’s beaches last December. While scientists generally agree people should be careful when dealing with tsunami debris, it’s not because of radiation.

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Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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