Highly toxic Cesium-137 – the "fingerprint" of Fukushima – was found in Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, Oregon.
The terrifying discovery was reported by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in December 2016.
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown was sparked by a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan caused by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. Since then, the entire area has been a dangerous no-go zone.
As giant waves crashed into the plant, huge quantities of contaminated water were leaked.
Cesium-124 has also been detected in Canadian salmon for the first time, reported chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, who is leading the Fukushima InFORM team at the University off Victoria.
However, radiation levels have not yet peaked as a toxic plume makes its way towards the United States.
The Statesman Journal reported Mr Cullen saying: "It appears that the plume has spread throughout this vast area from Alaska to California.
"As the contamination plume progresses towards our coast we expect levels closer to shore to increase over the coming year.”
Since the March 2011 disaster in which an earthquake-triggered tsunami caused an explosion and subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, radiation leaking from the plant continues to contaminate the Pacific Ocean. Japan has already banned fishing anywhere near the area while the United States says the dilution of the radiation in the ocean lessens the danger to Americans. According to Alaska’s Division of Environmental Health: “The safety of fish and shellfish from Alaskan waters and beaches are not affected by the nuclear reactor damage in Japan.”
Still, as seen in the map below, the predominant currents carry ocean water, and fish, from Japan to the western shores of the United States.
Should Americans be worried about Fukushima radiation reaching the shores of the United States? Despite the government’s “guessing game” over the potential effects, many believe the danger is real and that in fact, Americans are being sold contaminated fish without full disclosure (or understanding) of the danger to their health
Ken Buesseler, who earned his Ph.D. studying the fallout of the A-Bomb tests from the ’60s, didn’t expect much public concern immediately following the Fukushima accident. In April, 2015, he told The Daily Beast, “I really didn’t expect the U.S. to have a strong response—at least not the public. Initially, yes. There was a right to be concerned those first few months. But about a year and a half ago, we saw more and more calls of people asking about swimming in Santa Cruz, and should they move their homes to be safe, because they had seen visually the debris [from the Fukushima power plant] show up.”
That radiation from the accident reached America’s shores and contaminated Pacific Coast fish is without question. In late 2014, researchers reported in American Scientist that radiation from the even had indeed reached American shores.
“The evidence is “unequivocal” that the tuna–caught off San Diego a year ago–were contaminated with radiation from Japan’s nuclear disaster.
As proof of the effects of Fukushima radiation on Pacific Coast fish, a geoengineering researcher provides a plethora of photos taken by Pacific Coast fishermen showing a wide range of bizarre damage to oceanic sea life.
Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network in Hydaburg, Alaska provided this photo showing three different Alaskan Salmon full of cancerous growths. The local fisherman who caught the fish explained:
“On the outside the fish looked fine. The growths looked kind of like individual little salmon eggs, and about the same size. [Other] people were seeing the same kind of growths in their fish as well.
Local Environmental Observer also reports sick fish with lesions and tumors being caught near Nigliq Channel.