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Testing of Alaska seafood finds no contamination from 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska health officials say tests have again confirmed that Alaska seafood has not been tainted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years ago.

A magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, generated a 130-foot (39-meter) wave that devastated 217 square miles (562 square kilometres) in Japan. About 16,000 people were confirmed dead and nearly 2,600 were never found.

Among the damaged facilities was the nuclear plant complex at Fukushima, and meltdowns created fear that radionuclides might contaminate Alaska fish.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says testing of Alaska-caught fish sampled this year confirms the same results as 2014 testing — no detection of radioactive hazards from Fukushima.

Fish were sampled from commercial processors around the state using U.S. Food and Drug Administration methods.