Death of Large Numbers of Starfish in Ocean Waters Hardly Fault of Fukushima Radiation Spill

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 20, 2014 4:06 PM EST

There might be a massive death scenario among starfishes along the Pacific shores of North America, but scientists said this was hardly a fault of the Fukushima radiation spill.

Scientists rounded up by The Voice of Russia were reacting to a story ran by the PBS News Hour which said that a massive starfish die-off is currently happening in ocean waters and that the culprit was the contaminated water spoilt by the Fukushima tragedy.


A file photo of TEPCO's President Hirose and company officials wearing protective suits and masks inspecting an underground water storage pool at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima prefecture - (Reuters)

American scientists said the largest concentration of radioactive water released during the nuclear meltdown will reach the U.S. west coast by April 2014. Suffice to say, the radioactive material still moves across the Pacific. Much recent radiation tests in the seawater along the west coast bore "no detectable Fukushima cesium."

Moreover, Chris Mah, sea star expert and Smithsonian National Museum researcher, said sea star wasting syndrome has been around as early as in the late 1990s.

Scientists noted the massive starfish die-offs was inconsistent because there seems to be no area of concentration. While the deaths have spruced up in Seattle and Santa Barbara, scientists said there should be more along the coastal regions.

Also, starfishes closer to the source of the radioactive material, in this case Japan or Hawaii, should be the first to get affected.

People around the world remain vigilant as to what possible dangers lurk behind the radioactive material now swimming in the Pacific Ocean waters.

In early February, U.S. researchers announced a programme will kick-off to fish the California fish kelp to test and determine the levels of radiation they have received from the radioactive material spewed into the ocean waters.

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A file photo of TEPCO's President Hirose and company officials wearing protective suits and masks inspecting an underground water storage pool at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima prefecture - (Reuters)
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