Monday, 9 March 2020

Nuclear Particles from Japan Found in California Wine

Seven years after the incident of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (PLTN), Japan, radioactive traces were found in wine in California. The incident occurred in Japan in 2011.

Reporting from Live Science,  Tuesday (24/7/2018), a group of French nuclear physicists tested 18 bottles of wine (wine) produced in 2009 and beyond. They found that wine produced after the disaster had increased levels of man-made radioactive particles. Type Cabernet sauvignon , for example, have doubled in number.

Nuclear Particles from Japan Found in California Wine

The study was published in the online journal, Arxiv .

The researchers used two methods to trace radioactive isotopes called cesium-137. The first method was developed about 20 years ago and can detect particles through wine bottles , without damaging or opening them.

For more accurate detection, the researchers destroyed wine through heating and turned it into ash. Then, they tested cesium-137 in the ash.

Not harmful

Although they found an increase in the level of radioactive waste, experts said there was nothing to worry about.

According to the New York Times , the California Department of Public Health said that there were no health and safety issues for local residents.

According to the World Health Organization, the level of radioactive toxins found in food and drinks outside Japan is too low to be categorized as a hazard.

In fact, the World Nuclear Association said, in the area of ​​Japan affected by the incident, although 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes, no deaths or illness due to radiation were reported to date.

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