Could everybody stop falling into the hoax that the Fukushima power plant has contaminated all of the pacific ocean?
Not only has snopes confirmed that the hoax is false but National Geographic has run two features in the past month that are much more informative and well-researched.
Most of the radiation being leaked into the Pacific Ocean is cesium-134, which has a half-life of only two years. Cesium goes in and out of the body like salt, and has had effect on marine populations near Japanese fisheries, however most of the banned sea food is slowly being made acceptable for public consumption.
The real issue now is that some leaks of strontium-90 have been discovered, which is a radioactive substance that stays in the bones of fish and human beings, however much of what has been leaked is cesium.
Now, I am not saying that Fukushima is not an emergency. It is. In fact, that is what is has been classified as by officials. However, we’re not all going to drop dead in five years from eating a pacific fish yet. The Japanese government is spending lots of money to prevent further leakage of radioactive substance.
But the posts you’ve surely seen going around tumblr telling everybody that we’re going to drop dead from consuming milk, fish, vegetables, etc, are totally false! They are taking what is an existing issue and turning it into a crisis.
Whether most of us want to admit it or not, Tumblr is just as bad a source of information as Facebook can be! Don’t trust everything you read, and don’t trust second party news sites! There are people out there who just want to scare you, or make a sensation.