[Coral-List] Distressing News for the Whole Pacific

Ariel Jacobs amariejacobs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 7 15:30:22 EDT 2013

For the thread:


I think this article does an excellent job of presenting relevant info in
an hysteria-free way.

On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM, Eugene Shinn <eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu>wrote:

> Steve Wood makes a good point. The atmospheric tests were a problem and
> there is good evidence they did create cancer risks.  The American
> Scientist article he provided for coral-list readers is excellent. Until
> I read it I had no idea that  a total of 504 atomic devices had been
> tested since the 1950s. There may be more because the  recent Pakistan
> tests are not shown on the figure provided in the article. In addition I
> just learned that in addition to these atmospheric tests there were 137
> underground tests in the Pacific at Mururoa. It's no wonder that
> radioactive by-products of these tests are still widely distributed and
> will remain with us for many years to come. They have even been detected
> in very small amounts in post 1950s coral growth bans here in the
> Florida Keys. The question is will cooling water leaking from Fukushima
> become a problem as significant as fallout  from atmospheric testing. I
> do not know but I hope we do not become overly hysterical. Gene
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