Radioactive Seawater Won't Reach Korean Coast

      March 23, 2011 10:18

      Irradiated seawater from near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan or fish contaminated in those waters are unlikely to reach Korea, experts say.

      They say the prevailing currents make that impossible. It takes years and even decades for the Kuroshio Current to rotate around the Pacific, and over that time the radiation will dissipate.

      Contaminated fish is also unlikely to reach Korean shores. Lee Dong-woo of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute said, "Some subtropical fish including squid and mackerel may enter Korean waters in winter through the Tsugaru Strait or the southern waters of Japan, but that doesn't happen at this time of year, so there's no need to worry."

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