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After analyzing samples of kelp from the bottom of the ocean in several places off the coast of California, researches from California State University Long Beach have found radioactive iodine from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

One of the negative effects the Fukushima plant disaster back in March of last year was the leakage of radioactive iodine into the ocean. Some time later, it was found in the kelp samples taken from the coast of Orange County, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara, Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz. Kelp is known to concentrate iodine around itself and there are huge forests of it growing off the coast of California. Taking into account that California kelp is one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet, they occupy a lot of space on the ocean floor.

The radiation was pretty short lived and had virtually no effect on the environment around it, with some negligible effects on the fish that fed on the plant. The iodine is all but gone now, but it still goes to show just how far  radioactive contamination can spread if we're not careful with nuclear energy.

By Denis Ivanov

Source: scientificamerican.com
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