Japan Times, May 8, 2014: The team’s finding on the cumulative amount of cesium-137 is nearly 1.5 times more than the estimate by plant operator [TEPCO.] The team announced its findings on cesium-137 during an academic session of the European Geosciences Union [...] Michio Aoyama, a professor at Fukushima University’s Institute of Environmental Radioactivity who is part of the team, told Kyodo News that TEPCO “underestimates” the amount of cesium-137 [...] Scientists are trying to detect the levels of radioactive cesium due to the potential, long-term risks it brings to the land and sea. [...] Aoyama said the release of radioactive cesium has a “big impact on the ocean” since the Fukushima nuclear complex is located near the coast. [...] up to 400 terabecquerels fell on North America, while Europe was hardly affected.
European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Apr. 28, 2014: Severe accidents in nuclear power plants such as [...] the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in 2011 have drastic impacts on the population and environment. The hazardous consequences reach out on a national and continental scale. [...] One of the most significant uncertainty [is] quantification of the released spectrum of radionuclides during the course of the nuclear accident. The quantification of the source terms of severe nuclear accidents may either remain uncertain or rely on rather rough estimates of released key radionuclides given by the operators. [...]
Vladimir Levchenko, physicist who worked in Chernobyl exclusion zone, Apr. 26, 2014: many of those who were members of our group died later [...] The worst in an accident zone is not the level of radiation itself, but that the explosion blew out an enormous amount of fine radioactive particles that was spread around by wind as dust. [...] Sometimes it’s just one speck of dust lying somewhere around. If you breathe it in by accident or swallow it when eating, cancer is a certainty.
CBS San Francisco, May 7, 2014: “California scientists have determined there are no signs of radiation detected on the West Coast shoreline. Inaccurate reports on social media, that’s what stoked the fears that radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster had somehow come our way!”
Published: May 10th, 2014 at 9:09 am ET