In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was hit by a tsunami, causing it to lose all its emergency power. In the plant’s struggle to keep its reactors cool, three reactors began to melt while hydrogen explosions barraged the outer buildings. This resulted in the release of radiation and a flood of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
West Coast Radiation to Peak in 2015
Since the disaster, monitoring of radioactive byproducts has found that they're heading east towards North American shores. Predictions estimate that radioactivity from cesium-137 should reach its peak by the end of 2015.  The consequence is going to be cesium-137 in our water supply. Lasting effects from the disaster are likely to be experienced in Japan too. It's even reported to be causing problems with the migratory patterns of Pacific tuna.
How to Protect Yourself from Radiation Exposure
There are many methods you can employ right now that will amp up your protection from environmental and man-made radiation. Are there precautions you take to protect yourself from radiation? Please share your methods with us in the comments!
- Pete Spotts. Fukushima radiation: US West Coast will likely see peak by end of 2015. The Christian Science Monitor.
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