On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake coupled with a 45-foot tsunami led to serious damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility (United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2016). According to White (2015), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution uncovered that water near Oregon, Washington, and California contains increasing amounts of cesium-134 and cesium-137. For this reason, an environmental issue arises because the latter radioactive isotope has a negative impact on human health being primarily distributed in the zone of alienation nearby the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and, presently, Fukushima. This is a problem because, provided that radiation travels by air and water, people residing on the coast of the Pacific Ocean are concerned about the impact of the nuclear disaster on the maritime life and people’s health. Therefore, the maritime life and people are potentially affected by the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility.
Public Health Perspective
Since the incident has a potential to exert a negative influence on human health, on the West Coast of the United States as well as Canada, it is necessary to establish toxicology and epidemiology patterns present in the scenario. Hsu et al. (2012) specify that radioactive substance from the nuclear incident were transported to the North Hemisphere and, thus, have an influence on the North America. The travel of radioactive isotopes around the globe took approximately 18 days with ratios decreasing downwind. Since there is no data on odds ratios and risk ratiopertaining to the catastrophe with information collected from the residents of the West Coast, it is possible to resort to data received from nationwide Japanese researches to examine these variab...
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Ultimately, provided that the Fukushima disaster has had an impact on the marine life, it is necessary for the authorities to inform the public about the effects of the tragedy on the regular life on the West Coast of the United States, Although most national and international agencies claim that the impact of the disaster on ecosystems and people is insignificant, further researches are needed to establish truthful information about the hazard. At the same time, many people are unaware of the danger concealed in seafood imported from Japan or caught in the Pacific Ocean. However, people have a right to know the truth about the threat of fish consumption following the Fukushima catastrophe. Therefore, a public announcement is needed to warn people against the perilous qualities that seafood may possess.
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