Tag Archives: Cesium 137

New highly ra­dio­act­ive particles found in Fukushima via Science News University of Helsinki

The 10 year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident occurs in March. Work just published in the Journal ‘Science of the Total Environment’ documents new, large (> 300 micrometers), highly radioactive particles that were released from one of the … Continue reading

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Temporal variations of 90Sr and 137Cs in atmospheric depositions after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident with long-term observations via Scientific Reports

Takeshi Kinase,  Kouji Adachi,  Tsuyoshi Thomas Sekiyama,  Mizuo Kajino,  Yuji Zaizen &  Yasuhito Igarashi  Scientific Reports volume 10, Article number: 21627 (2020)  Abstract We have measured artificial radionuclides, such as 90Sr and 137Cs, in atmospheric depositions since 1957 in Japan. We observed the variations in 90Sr and 137Cs, which were … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Contamination via Daily Yonder

What happens when the fallout from the nation’s largest industrial disaster goes nuclear? by Austyn Gaffney In 2009, App Thacker was hired to run a dredge along the Emory River in eastern Tennessee. Picture an industrialized fleet modeled after Huck Finn’s … Continue reading

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This Medical Device Is Loaded with Radioactive Raw Material via Popular Mechanics

The L.A. Times reports that U.S. hospitals have resisted efforts to phase out a dangerous device and even added more of them instead. The device in question, a blood irradiator that sterilizes body fluids and tissue, has a dangerous amount of a radioactive … Continue reading

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Fukushima contaminants found as far north as Alaska’s Bering Strait via Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Radioactive contamination from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hit by a tsunami in 2011 has drifted as far north as waters off a remote Alaska island in the Bering Strait, scientists said on Wednesday. Analysis … Continue reading

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Red Hot Radioactive Wild Boars, Loaded With Chernobyl Fallout, Now Turning up in Sweden via EnviroNews

Wild boars (Sus scrofa) loaded with dangerous quantities of cesium 137 have been turning up in tests conducted in central Sweden. Some specimens have been found carrying levels as high as 16,000 becquerels of radioactivity per kilogram of meat — … Continue reading

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Greenpeace reports jump in radioactive contamination in Fukushima waterways via The Japan Times

OSAKA – Greenpeace Japan on Thursday said it has discovered radioactive contamination in Fukushima’s riverbanks, estuaries and coastal waters at a scale hundreds of times higher than pre-2011 levels. One sample of sediment taken along the Niida River, less than … Continue reading

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Scientists Find New Kind Of Fukushima Fallout via Forbes

[…] Until now, scientists and disaster experts thought cesium-137 fallout from the Fukushima reactor meltdown was in this soluble form. That guided their cleanup efforts, like removing and washing topsoil, and helped them map where radiation might spread. It turns out … Continue reading

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Norway’s Radioactive Reindeer are a Result of the 30-Year-Old Chernobyl Disaster via The Weather Channel

It’s been almost 30 years since the catastrophic meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, and the deadly explosion continues to have lingering effects on the environment. In addition to the hundreds of thousands people forced to … Continue reading

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All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive via Biogeosciences

Abstract. Although ranging among the most expensive gourmet foods, it remains unclear whether Burgundy truffles (Tuber aestivum) accumulate radioactivity at a harmful level comparable to other fungal species. Here, we measure the 137Cs in 82 T. aestivum fruit bodies from … Continue reading

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