*Developing* New University Study: Fukushima release estimates should be increased, especially for cesium-137

Published: March 29th, 2012 at 8:36 pm ET
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Title: Canopy-Forming Kelps as California’s Coastal Dosimeter: 131I from Damaged Japanese Reactor Measured in Macrocystis pyrifera (ACS Publications)
Source: Environmental Science & Technology
Author: Steven L. Manley and Christopher G. Lowe, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University
Publication Date (Web): March 6, 2012

[...] Major isotopes released at levels reported by the Japanese government in June were 133Xe (1.1 × 104 PBq, 1 PBq = 1015), 131I (150 PBq), and 137Cs (13 PBq) with the estimated release of radioactive material to the atmosphere being 15% that of the Chernobyl accident. Continued analysis of this event suggests that these estimates should be increased, especially for 133Xe and 137Cs. [...]

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