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Radioactive substances leaked into Pacific from Fukushima to reach US: IAEA

May 6, 2011 - Vienna

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said that radioactive substances leaked into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are expected to reach the west coast of the United States and Canada within one or two years.

The quantity of the substances, however, is expected to be too small to affect human health, Japanese news agency Kyodo quoted an IAEA official, as saying.

Radioactive substances have also been emitted into the atmosphere from the nuclear plant, which was crippled by the March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami, and the leakage was confirmed across the Northern Hemisphere and parts of the Southern Hemisphere.


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