Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute have found high radiation levels in the waters of the West Philippine Sea.
Carlo Arcilla, the institute’s director, said that a study on corals conducted by their team of researchers had found elevated radiation levels in the West Philippine Sea, higher than in other coastal areas of the country.
Arcilla said he had reported this finding to a virtual meeting of the ASEAN Network of Regulatory Bodies on Atomic Energy, and called for further investigation on the matter.
The radioactivity was detected through the isolation of Iodine 129 in sea corals. The research was led by Angel Bautista of the DOST-PNRI Nuclear Analytical Techniques Application, who specialized in the study of corals and has a doctorate from the University of Tokyo.
Iodine 129, Arcilla explained, is a product of nuclear fission, given off by nuclear reactors or nuclear power plants.