Radioactive Seaweed Likely In Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Radioactive Seaweed Likely In Washington

KIROTV.COM - Radioactive seaweed detected near Vancouver, B.C., is likely to be found on Washington state beaches too but doesn't pose any threat to humans, researchers in Vancouver said." The levels we are detecting are very, very low," said Prof. Kris Starosta with Simon Fraser University. "These are tiny levels of radiation."

Starosta said the radioactive iodine 131 was released by damaged nuclear reactors in Japan, transmitted by rainwater and absorbed into the seaweed, which is known to readily absorb iodine.

He said knowing that the radiation took about a week to reach the west coast of North America was the biggest benefit to his research.

"This tells you what your window of opportunity to prepare and react if something catastrophic happens is," Starosta said.

Some people, like the operators of the Boston Harbor Marina in Olympia, wonder if radiation in seaweed could affect fish or other marine life. "If they tell us that it's bad or dangerous, the last thing we are going to do is start eating the seaweed or the fish that's contaminated," Marcus Smythe said. But state health officials say there is absolutely no reason to believe that the small amounts of radiation reaching Washington will have any negative consequences.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Speed thought to be a factor in fatal Newman Lake crash

    Speed thought to be a factor in fatal Newman Lake crash

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:04 AM EDT2017-07-27 06:04:53 GMT

    NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. - Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fatal crash that happened north of Newman Lake Wednesday afternoon, but they say speed was likely a factor.  Investigators on scene say an SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed heading west on Muzzy Road when the driver missed a curve and slammed into a tree.

    >>

    NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. - Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fatal crash that happened north of Newman Lake Wednesday afternoon, but they say speed was likely a factor.  Investigators on scene say an SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed heading west on Muzzy Road when the driver missed a curve and slammed into a tree.

    >>
  • Medical call turns violent, man pulls gun on Spokane firefighters

    Medical call turns violent, man pulls gun on Spokane firefighters

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:03 PM EDT2017-07-27 01:03:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to save others: Walking through burning buildings, performing water rescues, and fighting brush fires. But, what was at first a normal medical call last week turned into a very dangerous situation for Spokane firefighters. "The person went from a normal status like you and I talking here to extremely violent," said Spokane Fire Chief Schaeffer.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to save others: Walking through burning buildings, performing water rescues, and fighting brush fires. But, what was at first a normal medical call last week turned into a very dangerous situation for Spokane firefighters. "The person went from a normal status like you and I talking here to extremely violent," said Spokane Fire Chief Schaeffer.

    >>
  • Is there an alligator in Clear Lake?

    Is there an alligator in Clear Lake?

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:47 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:47:57 GMT

    YAKIMA, Wash. - A picture of what appears to be an alligator in Clear Lake is making the rounds on Facebook. The viral post has more than 4,000 shares and asks the question: Is there a gator among us? While it cannot be confirmed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s likely not an alligator.

    >>

    YAKIMA, Wash. - A picture of what appears to be an alligator in Clear Lake is making the rounds on Facebook. The viral post has more than 4,000 shares and asks the question: Is there a gator among us? While it cannot be confirmed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s likely not an alligator.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/