Fukishima nuclear disaster talk

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:00am

The great Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that took place on March 11 of 2011 demolished much of Japan, including the nuclear power plant located on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on the main island. Immense amounts of radioactivity escaped the damaged power plant both into the atmosphere and, primarily, into the ocean.

People in Japan and around the world were deeply concerned about the consequences of that disaster. Would that radioactivity spread globally, how much was released, would human health be at risk? In this presentation, Dr. Zosia Baumann of the University of Connecticut will speak on the impacts of this radioactive spill on marine life and associated health risks to people, and how radioactive cesium spread in the ocean. She will also speak on what we have learned about by using radioactive cesium from Fukushima as a tracer to examine other oceanic processes. The talk is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is invited.