OREANDA-NEWS. Draining water from the emergency nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in Japan will lead to the fact that possible radioactive contamination will be carried to the center of the North Pacific Ocean, where Pacific salmon are gaining weight. This was announced to RIA Novosti by the head of the Sakhalin Environmental Watch public organization Dmitry Lisitsyn.

The Japanese government has decided to dump water from the damaged Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the ocean. It is assumed that the water, which was used to cool the reactors and is now stored in tanks on the territory of the station, will undergo a thorough cleaning of radioactive elements before being discharged. If the level of their content is significantly lower than national and international standards, the water will be discharged into the ocean. The approximate timeframe for the start of water discharge is 2023. Taking into account the current rate of water accumulation in reservoirs, all available tanks will be overfilled by the end of 2022.

Fukushima is located on the Pacific coast of the island of Honshu. When radioactive contamination enters the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honshu, it is quickly and unidirectionally transported northeastward by the Kuroshio Current, which then passes into the North Pacific Current. All pollution is carried directly to the North Pacific Ocean. How does this threaten Russia? Species of fish that feed in the North Pacific Ocean and then enter the Russians' table are already receiving some pollution from the Fukushima, and will receive even more when the water is drained. First of all, this is Pacific salmon, "said Lisitsyn.