By Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
Following the Fukushima Nuclear Explosion in Japan on March 2011, the possibility of radiation flowing into the Pacific Ocean, in the last four years, has been a concern.
Through the Pacific Adventist University’s School of Science & Technology, radiation levels have been studied in some Motuan coastal villages.
The research is an integral part of the university’s focus to do research, aligned with Christian principles.
In March in 2011, Japan suffered the worst nuclear catastrophe with triple reactor core meltdowns and exploded containment buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The disaster was a stern warning about the dangers of depending on nuclear power.
Four years on, the dangers of high radiation levels present in our coastlines may be imminent, thus, the Pacific Adventist University has undertaken a baseline research.
Since the nuclear melt-down, scientists suspected that radiation from the 2011 meltdown, would reach the U.S. It was only a question of when. In May 2011, scientists tested sea-weed samples from all along the U.S. West Coast for signs of ocean-borne radiation. While the tests came back negative, the findings provided a “baseline” with which future tests could be compared.
This is exactly what PAU hopes to achieve in their research.