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Radiation from the Fukushima disaster in Japan was detected on the shores of Oregon

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Radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores, reports CBS News

Samples from the Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach taken at the beginning of 2016 have now been tested and show that radiation from the disaster have reached the western state, but at extremely low levels that are not harmful to humans or the environment. 

A great deal of contaminated water was released when the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed after a tsunami hit it in March of 2011 as a result of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. 

These samples are the first time that such radiation has been detected on U.S. shores. They were taken in January and February of 2016 and analyzed later, according to USA Today

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