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Radiation samples

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WHOI research assistant Steve Pike unpacks some of the first water samples collected as part of a citizen-science initiative started by chemist Ken Buesseler to track the spread of radiation in the Pacific from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Our Radioactive Ocean is involving people  from Alaska to San Diego and around Hawaii, and even some sailors who plan on crossing the Pacific, in the process of gathering samples and raising money to help support analysis for signs of radionuclides released after the plant was damaged by a tsunami in March 2011. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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