Subscription Only: Radioactive ‘black soil’ patches: A scourge or a solution?
Asahi Shimbun AJW
By SHOJI NOMURA/ ASAHI SHIMBUN WEEKLY AERA
June 14, 2012
Further studies found similar patches of soil–along with high radiation readings–in parts of Tokyo. In fact, the radioactive soil has been discovered as far away as Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.
[Hideaki Sasaki, an associate professor of microbial physiology at Iwaki Meisei University] also pointed to the cause of the radioactive cesium detected in Niigata Prefecture along the Sea of Japan.
“While the United States and the Soviet Union conducted nuclear testing in the atmosphere in the 1960s, there are almost no effects from that testing in the soil today,” Sasaki said. “The only possible explanation is the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.”
Published: June 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am ET