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"Levels of radioactive cesium from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident detected off the U.S. west coast pose no health risk, according to experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

The highest level reported to date (11 Bq/m3) was from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. Dr. Ken Buesseler, a marine radiochemist and director of the WHOI Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity, confirmed that this value is more than 500 times lower than U.S. government safety limits for drinking water. It is also well below limits of concern for direct exposure while swimming, boating, or any other recreational activity.

The recent data was released by Our Radioactive Ocean (ORO), a citizen science sampling effort launched by Dr. Buesseler in 2014 to monitor ocean waters for radionuclides from the Fukushima accident.

While ORO focuses on ocean chemistry, its Canadian partner InFORM (Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring) has been analyzing fish samples in addition to seawater. To date, no fish have been found to contain detectable levels of Fukushima-derived radionuclides. Both ORO and InFORM demonstrate the benefits of partnering with citizen scientists to address issues of public interest."

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