With a grant of $630,000, scientists from the University of Victoria will partner with organizations and civilians over the next three years, to track radiation levels along the coast of British Columbia. There is some concern the most toxic water has not yet arrived from a 2011 nuclear disaster, which was the result of a Tsunami off the coast of Japan.
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Interview on CFAX 1070 Victoria About InFORM Aug. 6, 2014
Interview on Terry Moore’s program The Drive begins at the 5 minute mark and can be found
The Inventories at and Release Estimates for Radionuclides From Fukushima
A Twitter user interested in the InFORM network asked the following question today:
“…do you have a public list of all products in Fukushima emissions?”
It is important to realize that release estimates are not fully constrained and that estimates improve as more and more measurements are made in the environment. A useful, peer-reviewed, open access study that summarizes release estimates is Povinec et al. (2013) published in the journal Biogeosciences. Table 1 from this study is shown below and can be maximized by clicking the image:
Full references for the table are available in the Povinec paper by following the link given above. Estimates of plutonium released by the Fukushima disaster are provided in this summary with peer-reviewed studies linked to within the document. Measurements of Pu in soil, air and water suggest that 1 to 1,000,000 fold less Pu was released from Fukushima compared to 137-Cs emissions given above.
Below we present near comprehensive inventories of radionuclides in the reactor cores of Units 1,2 and 3 and in the spent fuel pools of Units 1,2,3 and 4 at the time of the accident as reported by:
Nishihara, K., H. Iwamoto, K. Suyama. 2012. Estimation of Fuel Compositions in Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai. Japan.
The following information has been modified from:
Povinec, P.P, K. Hirose and M. Aoyama. Fukushima Accident: Radioactivity Impact on the Environment. 2013. Elsevier Amsterdam.
Tables in the pdf file given just below contain information on the radionuclide, grams of radionuclide present, half-life of element, activity in Bq and ratio to 137-Cs in the core or spent fuel respectively.