Radiation has been leaking out of the Fukushima power plant every day since the meltdown.
TEPCO, the Japanese electricity company in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted that radioactive material has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the defunct power plant for the past six years and that the problem is far from over.
Anywhere between 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water have been released into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site on a daily basis. It is believed that the water contains traces of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90.
Despite the best efforts of the Japanese government and the scientific community in the country, fish in the region have most certainly been affected by the output of radiation into the ocean from the power plant.
Many of the fish caught in the region have tested positive for huge amounts of radiation resulting in the closure of many fisheries in the region close to the power plant. Studies have also shown that worryingly high levels of radiation have been found in fish caught on the northwest coast of the United States and in Canada which has been identified as emanating from the power plant.
Senior environmental scientists who have examined the contaminated fish claimed that the levels of radiation are not so high as to prove to be poisonous to humans who consume them at this present time. However, they admitted that the situation would have to be closely monitored to ensure that the radiation level does not go too high.
However, the claims have been contradicted by other scientists who claim that there is no such thing as a safe level of radiation in food products and that the radioactive contamination may well lead to health problems developing in the future.