The Boiling Point

Science class: Understanding Japan’s radiation crisis

Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2011

Japan dumped 10,000 metric tons, about three-million gallons, of low-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean April 4, but the United States apparently has nothing to worry about.  Though 10,000 tons is a lot of radioactive water, officials say it won’t have any effect on the 680,000,000,000,000,000-ton Pacific Ocean once the radioactive water spreads throughout the...