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Surprise? Researchers say radioactivity levels detected by air monitoring stations were higher than computer models had predicted

Little Radioactive Material From Fukushima Reached Europe, Chemical and Engineering News by Naomi Lubick, August 15, 2011:

[...] Total 131I concentrations peaked at 4 millibecquerel per m3 at European monitoring stations. Background 131I levels in Europe are usually negligible. [...]

The European researchers also compared their measurements to computer models of how radioisotopes would . . . → Read More: Surprise? Researchers say radioactivity levels detected by air monitoring stations were higher than computer models had predicted

Report: 400,000,000,000 neutrons released per square meter surface of spent fuel pools between March 13-20

Traces of radioactive sulfur measured at Scripps Pier reveal extent of leakage from damaged Fukushima reactor, University of California San Diego Press Release, August 15, 2011:

[... The team of atmospheric chemists at UCSD] calculated how much radiation must have been released.

“You know how much seawater they used, how far neutrons will penetrate . . . → Read More: Report: 400,000,000,000 neutrons released per square meter surface of spent fuel pools between March 13-20

Radioactive sulfur in California spiked to highest levels ever detected: University researchers

California Researchers Detect Radioactive Release From Fukushima Plant, Bloomberg by Ryan Flinn, August 15, 2011:

California scientists witnessed a spike in radioactive airborne material in March following the meltdown of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, a study showed.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, observed the highest levels ever detected . . . → Read More: Radioactive sulfur in California spiked to highest levels ever detected: University researchers

Paper: “Loud bang” heard at nuclear plant near Miami — Feds have yet to determine safety significance of incident

“Loud bang” at FPL nuclear plant near Miami, Sun Sentinel by Julie Patel, August 15, 2011:

Florida Power & Light employees heard a “loud bang” Thursday at the utility’s Turkey Point nuclear plant 24 miles south of Miami when a large valve carrying water unexpectedly closed, turning off a system that cools equipment in . . . → Read More: Paper: “Loud bang” heard at nuclear plant near Miami — Feds have yet to determine safety significance of incident

Nursery School: Geiger counter “nearly off the scale” near play equipment — Topsoil had already been replaced (VIDEO)

Nursery School: Geiger counter “nearly off the scale” near play equipment — Topsoil had already been replaced (VIDEO)

Parents pack up Fukushima children, ABC News (Australia), August 15, 2011:

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Report: Neptunium-239 found in soil about 40 km from meltdown — “Several thousand becquerels” — Similar to levels detected at front gate of Fukushima plant

Neptunium-239 Detected from Soil in Iitate-mura in Fukushima???, EX-SKF, August 15, 2011:

[...] In their blogpost on August 11 (in Japanese), they relate their talk with a researcher at the University of Tokyo who has submitted a scientific paper to a foreign academic society. [...]

[H]e tells the couple that he found neptunium-239 in . . . → Read More: Report: Neptunium-239 found in soil about 40 km from meltdown — “Several thousand becquerels” — Similar to levels detected at front gate of Fukushima plant

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