Journal Article Low 134Cs/137Cs ratio anomaly in the north-northwest direction from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station

Kobayashi, Shingo  ,  Shinomiya, Takayuki  ,  Ishikawa, Takahiro  ,  Imaseki, Hitoshi  ,  Iwaoka, Kazuki  ,  Kitamura, Hisashi  ,  Kodaira, Satoshi  ,  Kobayashi, Keisuke  ,  Oikawa, Masakazu  ,  Miyaushiro, Norihiro  ,  Takashima, Yoshio  ,  Uchihori, Yukio

178-179pp.84 - 94 , 2018-05 , ELSEVIER
ISSN:0265-931x
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A low 134Cs/137Cs ratio anomaly in the north-northwest (NNW) direction from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) is identified by a new analysis of the 134Cs/137Cs ratio dataset which we had obtained in 2011e2015 by a series of car-borne surveys that employed a germanium gamma-ray spectrometer. We found that the 134Cs/137Cs ratio is slightly lower (0.95, decay-corrected to March 11, 2011) in an area with a length of about 15 km and a width of about 3 km in the NNW direction from the FDNPS than in other directions from the station. Furthermore, the area of this lower 134Cs/137Cs ratio anomaly corresponds to a narrow contamination band that runs NNW from the FDNPS and it is nearly parallel with the major and heaviest contamination band in the west-northwest. The plume trace with a low 134Cs/137Cs ratio previously found by other researchers within the 3-km radius of the FDNPS is in a part of the area with the lower 134Cs/137Cs ratio anomaly that we found. Our result suggests that this lower 134Cs/137Cs ratio anomaly is the area which was contaminated before March 13, 2011 (UTC) in association with the hydrogen explosion of Unit 1 on March 12, 2011 at 06:36 (UTC) and it was less influenced by later subsequent plumes.

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