Sri Lanka analyzed the impact of marine contamination of Fukushima


Tab on radioactivity in seas off Sri Lanka
A special programme to monitor radioactive substances in the seas off Sri Lanka has been commenced by the Atomic Energy Authority with the aid of International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) and local stakeholders.

The intention of this programme is to analyze the impact on Sri Lankan seas from the radioactive leakage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan last year. During this leakage, radioactive contaminated water had mixed with sea water posing a threat to aquatic life. A special seminar to educate local specialists with regard to this special programme was held at the AEA recently.

Representatives from Environmental Conservation organizations, NARA, marine and aquatic life conservation organizations, university professionals and experts participated in this seminar.

The IAEA had proposed this project in the seas off 17 IAEA member states of the Asian Pacific region to monitor radioactive substances in sea water by collecting samples of sea water, sea plants and fish.

The marine samples collected from selected 10 places in Sri Lanka within 1km distance from the shore would be checked for radioactive substances, specially for caesium 137.The programme would be continued for next two years. Australian expert Ronald Szymczakiaer of the IAEA arrived in Sri Lanka last week to provide necessary guidance for this programme. The Navy is also assisting in this venture.

IAEA expert Ronald Szymczakiaer observed that marine pollution has become a severe problem in the recent times affecting tourism industry and human health.

In addition to radioactive substances, urban, domestic, industrial and agricultural waste and disposals from fishing vessels and ships have contributed largely towards marine pollution.

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Sri Lanka is 7000km away from Fukushima. The result has not been published yet.




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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


April 2012