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BOOKLET to Provide Basic Information Regarding Health Effects of Radiation (2nd edition)

Changes in Radioactivity Concentrations in Sea-bottom Soil

Changes in Radioactivity Concentrations in Sea-bottom Soil_Figure

As a result of measuring dried sea-bottom soil samples collected in the coastal areas near Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi NPS, the concentrations of Cs-134 and Cs-137 were initially 1,000 Bq/kg but decreased in two years after the accident to 200 Bq/kg (down by 80%) and 500 Bq/kg (down by 50%), respectively. (Measuring Point T-1)

Radioactivity concentrations detected from sea-bottom soil samples collected 40 km offshore (Measuring Point M-C1) rose to 100 Bq/kg immediately after the accident but decreased to 10 Bq/kg a year later.

(Related to p.187 of Vol. 1, "Distribution of Radioactive Cesium in the Ocean")

  • Included in this reference material on March 31, 2014
  • Updated on March 31, 2019
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