Fukushima radiation reaches North America coast

The Unit 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Media allowed into Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant for the first time Saturday saw a striking scene of devastation: twisted and overturned vehicles, crumbling reactor buildings and piles of rubble virtually untouched since the wave struck more than eight months ago. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

(WTNH/ABC) — Scientists for the first time have detected small amounts of radioactivity along the shoreline of North America.

It’s coming from the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident. Traces of radioactivity were found on the coast of British Columbia just north of Washington state.

Scientists say radioactivity can be dangerous, and warn we should be carefully monitoring the oceans.

Researchers say there is no immediate danger to the people who live in the area, and say you would need to spend six hours a day in the water for a year to experience the same amount of radiation as a dental x-ray.

Fukushima was the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants in history.

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