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, 102 (11), 1032-8

Arrival Time and Magnitude of Airborne Fission Products From the Fukushima, Japan, Reactor Incident as Measured in Seattle, WA, USA

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Arrival Time and Magnitude of Airborne Fission Products From the Fukushima, Japan, Reactor Incident as Measured in Seattle, WA, USA

J Diaz Leon et al. J Environ Radioact.

Abstract

We report results of air monitoring started due to the recent natural catastrophe on 11 March 2011 in Japan and the severe ensuing damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor complex. On 17-18 March 2011, we registered the first arrival of the airborne fission products (131)I, (132)I, (132)Te, (134)Cs, and (137)Cs in Seattle, WA, USA, by identifying their characteristic gamma rays using a germanium detector. We measured the evolution of the activities over a period of 23 days at the end of which the activities had mostly fallen below our detection limit. The highest detected activity from radionuclides attached to particulate matter amounted to 4.4 ± 1.3 mBq m(-3) of (131)I on 19-20 March.

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