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Weather Video: Why nuclear fallout won’t reach NZ via the sea

Philip Duncan of explains why the sea currents are unlikely to bring radioactive material as far as New Zealand.

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Doug Bowker on 25/03/2011 4:00am

Thanks for the story – however, nuclear fallout did reach us from atmospheric atomic testing in the 50s and 60s and we used to get advised on the caesium and strontium levels in milk every night in the major newspapers. 80% of this fallout came from tests conducted in the Northern hemisphere and no doubt got carried here by the stratospheric winds.

Given that the Japanese reactor is 7 times more powerful than the one at Chernobyl, there are 6 of them in trouble and not one as at Chernobyl and spent fuel rods are stored there unlike Chernobyl, if it goes belly up then it is possible that we could be affected but to what degree?

Some comment and/or article on atmospheric likelihoods would be appreciated.

Guest on 24/03/2011 1:12am

Thank you Phil for explaining the risks to NZ. With some hope the radiation will have been diluted down enough to not affect the marine life further away.

Nicola on 23/03/2011 5:37am

Thanks Phil, as always you present the science in a way that is professional, interesting and easy for the masses to understand.

WW Forecast Team on 23/03/2011 6:05am

Thanks Nicola – I appreciate that!  Let me know if there’s anything you ever want us to talk about too.




Zelda Wynn on 23/03/2011 4:02am

Has anyone told the fish and birds not to cross the equator?

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