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No Fukushima Radiation Detected In West Coast Kelp

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BRIDGWATER, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A masked protester stands in front of flags at the gates to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan on March 10, 2012 near Bridgwater, England.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

BRIDGWATER, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: A masked protester stands in front of flags at the gates to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan on March 10, 2012 near Bridgwater, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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LONG BEACH (AP) – Scientists collecting kelp from along the West Coast say there’s no sign of radiation contamination from the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster.

Steven Manley, a marine biology professor at California State University, Long Beach, says the lack of detection should reassure people that the coastline is safe.

In 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake rocked Japan and crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, leaking radiation into the Pacific.

Kelp act like sponges, absorbing different materials. But a study of kelp samples gathered from Alaska to Baja California earlier this year didn’t turn up any traces of radioactive material.

Researchers plan to repeat the experiment two more times this year.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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