The Fukushima reactor meltdown created higher ocen radioactivity than Chernobyl.
(PHYSORG)- Among the casualties of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan was the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
A result of the loss of electricity, overheating at the power plant led to significant releases of iodine, cesium and other radioisotopes to the environment.
"When it comes to the oceans, however," says Buesseler, "the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl."
"Levels of some radionuclides are at least an order of magnitude higher than the highest levels in 1986 in the Baltic and Black Seas, the two ocean water bodies closest to Chernobyl," says Buesseler.