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Screen shot 2014-01-21 at 9.15.52 PMThe release of radioactive contaminants from Fukushima remains an unprecedented event for the people of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Help scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveal the ongoing spread of radiation across the Pacific and its evolving impacts on the ocean.

There currently is no U.S. or international agency monitoring the arrival of radioactive water from Fukushima along the West Coast. This is an evolving situation that demands careful, consistent monitoring to make sure predictions are true.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution already has dozens of seawater samples from the coast of Japan out to the middle of the Pacific, but now we need new samples—from up and down the West Coast of North America and anywhere else we can get them. The trouble is, these samples are expensive to collect and analyze. That is why we are turning to you, your community, and your social network for help.

If you want to propose a sampling location near you, all you have to do is raise the cost of testing and shipping ($550 to $600 depending on location) and they will send you a sampling kit with everything you need. They will also help by setting up a fundraising webpage that you can email to your friends or post on your favorite social media site that will allow you to spread the word and track your progress. http://www.ourradioactiveocean.org/helpus.html

http://www.ourradioactiveocean.org/

Long Beach Project: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/science-shorts/2014/01/13/berkeley-lab-and-cal-state-long-beach-researchers-launch-‘kelp-watch’-to-determine-extent-of-fukushima-contamination/

http://www.whoi.edu/cmer

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