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24. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 29, 2012, 20:08 Prez
killer_roach wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 19:53:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 29, 2012, 18:02:
Won't they be for hundreds of years?
You still can't safely be around Chernobyl for any good length of time - even though you can take a tour - you still should wear a suit and the tour is limited in time.

But yeah, even still the fish are likely to possess residual radiation levels above what would typically be considered "safe" for many years, possibly decades or centuries.

Unlikely I believe. The ocean has demonstrated remarkable dissemination and dilution properties, most often attributed to the chemical breakdown properties of the extreme concentration of salt. (EDIT: Also let me add that water is one of the best and safest moderators of nuclear reaction known to man and is used for that very purpose in nuclear reactor plants, which would further serve to limit the danger in the ocean from the Fukushima reactor incident). After the current generation of contaminated fish dies off, I find it doubtful that any trace radiation will be found at all. Continuous contamination of bodies of water generally requires ongoing introduction of radioactive materials over time. Nuclear plants dumping reactor waste water to rivers over years for example. That there is still contamination being found in the current generation of of fish isn't necessarily an indication that the reactors core is still leaking to the water.

This comment was edited on Oct 29, 2012, 20:26.
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