2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident: Summary of regional radioactive deposition monitoring results

Department of Materials and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sophia University, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan.
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (Impact Factor: 2.48). 11/2011; 111:13-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2011.09.003
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After the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting Tsunami on March 11, 2011, serious accident of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant has been occurred. Huge amounts of radionuclides were released in atmosphere and ocean. Japanese prefectural governments have carried out environmental radioactivity monitoring; external dose rate, radioactivity measurements in environmental samples and others. Since March 18, 2011, daily and monthly deposition samples were collected in 45 stations covering Japanese Islands and radionuclides in the deposition samples were determined. We summarize radioactive deposition data reported by Japanese Government and study the depositional behaviors of the Fukushima-derived radionuclides. The results revealed that Fukushima-derived radioactive cloud dominantly affected in the central and eastern part of Honshu-Island, although it affected all of Japanese land area and also western North Pacific. The temporal change of the Fukushima-derived (137)Cs revealed that the apparent atmospheric residence time of the Fukushima-derived (137)Cs in sites within 300 km from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPPis about 10 d.

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    • "Following the accident of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP), large areas were contaminated by radioactive atmospheric fallouts onto soils, forests and villages of the region (NERH, 2011). The most contaminated soils (where initial 137 Cs contamination exceeded 100 kBq/m 2 ) cover an area of 3000 km 2 , situated below a plume extending some 50 km north-west of the FDNPP (MEXT, 2011; Chino et al., 2011; Hirose, 2012; Hisamatsu, 2012; Chartin et al., 2013) and are drained by several coastal rivers. Consequently, waters and solid particles transferred from the contaminated soils to the rivers by erosion and runoff represent durable vectors for the contamination of the water resource which is extremely precious in this region. "
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    • "Ayu ingest silt while grazing on algae attached to the stones in riverbeds, thereby resulting in exposure to the radionuclides from contaminated sediments, including the silt component. Aerosol-bound Cs was transported from the atmosphere to the surface soil by dry or wet deposition within 2 months after the Fukuhsima disaster (Masson et al., 2011; Hirose, 2012; Yasunari et al., 2011). Subsequently, the rivers in the Fukushima Prefecture received radionuclides-contaminated soil originating from inland mountain ranges (Evrard et al., 2013). "
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