At the Very Least, Your Days of Trusting What You See On the Internet Are Over

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This picture is making its rounds in the social networks recently along with the claim that “At the Very Least, Your Days of Eating Pacific Ocean Fish Are Over”. The claim is that

It now appears that anywhere from 300 to possibly over 450 tons of contaminated water that contains radioactive iodone, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site everyday.

Never mind that the original article making this claim is poorly written and links to questionable sources. The image is inaccurate and misleading. It shows a graphic representation of maximum wave heights from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, not radiation.

As the NOAA website reports:

This image was created by NOAA’s Center for Tsunami Research and graphically shows maximum wave heights (in centimeters or cm) of the tsunami generated by the Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. It does NOT represent levels of radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. For more information please visit the original image and background information at http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311.

I’m not sure what the purpose of the scare-site is (fear of nuclear energy maybe?), but the truth should be told, it doesn’t present any information that would indicate something to be concerned about. Pacific fish should be fine.

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