Fukushima radiation detected on Oregon shores

Samples were taken last winter and later analyzed.

This photo taken in November, 2014, shows No. 3, left, and No. 4 reactors at a nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui prefecture, western Japan. A Japanese court has given the go-ahead for the restart of the two nuclear reactors after its operator said in an appeal they were safe. The lifting of the injunction on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 paves the way for a resumption of the Takahama No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Researchers say seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.
           
Citing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Statesman Journal newspaper reports the samples were taken last winter and later analyzed.
           
Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
           
Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler runs a crowdfunded, citizen-science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean.