- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. (AP) - A conservation group has been collecting samples of ocean water at Pacific City to test for radiation.

The big earthquake off the coast of Japan three years ago triggered a tsunami that washed radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. A lot of tsunami debris reached Oregon shores, and the group wants to see if radiation also arrived.

Lisa Phipps is the executive director of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. Phipps told KGW-TV (http://is.gd/SIdkD8) she expects the results to show radiation levels within the normal range - if any is found at all.

Results should be back by the end of August.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Public Health Division says it has yet to find radiation levels higher than normal off the coast.

It compares the amount of contaminated water released by Fukushima into the ocean to a drop of ink in a large public swimming pool.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/

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