The radioactive ocean plume, which is the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, is due to hit the Pacific coastline of the U.S. by next year. Scientists tracking the radioactive ocean plume creeping toward U.S. shores in the Pacific Ocean said it would take three years from the date of the disaster to reach the California coastline. That brings the plume to the nation's shores sometime in 2014, according to "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Sunday, Sept. 1.
According to Science World Report, within days of the Fukushima incident atmospheric radiation was detected on the U.S. west coast, but the water carries the radioactive plume at a much slower rate. Scientists have calculated a time line and have charted the radioactive plume's course for the next 10 years as it reaches many of the world's oceans.
Just in time for the plume to reach the West Coast of the U.S. there should be a drop in the concentration of the radioactivity. This is caused by the dilution process from ocean currents, eddies and whirlpools. The scientist have also found that the radioactive material drops below the World Organization safety levels as soon as it leaves Japanese waters.
"Although some uncertainties remain around the total amount released and the likely concentrations that would be observed, we have shown unambiguously that the contact with the north-west American coasts will not be identical everywhere," said Vincent Rossi, one of the researchers.
Map of the radioactive ocean plum: To check out that time line and charted world course for the radioactive ocean plume click here to check out the map.