Tsunami Effects (15 months later)

On March 11 2011 an earthquake hit Japan causing a major tsunami which destroyed many parts of this Country. Tons of debris including a motorcycle and a dock are turning up 6,000 miles away on the west coast of the U.S, almost 15 months after the tsunami. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was shut down, but massive amounts of radiation were dispersed into our oceans.  Radioactive Iodine-131, Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 were released into the North Pacific Ocean and our atmosphere. A month after the disaster, toxicity was detected in a Japanese lance fish. Radioactive iodine has a half-life of 8 days and to humans it is known to cause thyroid cancer! Radioactive cesium has unknown harmful impacts on humans and has a half-life of 30 years! A couple months after levels of radioactive cesium were discovered in 15 pacific Bluefin tuna, which is 10 times higher than usual tuna found on the same Californian coast. This tells us that the toxic spill was much worse than stated. All life is interrelated and what we do to our ocean is what we end up doing to ourselves.

Global policy, toxicity, and Pest Management

Alejandro Rey

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