Oct. 24 — The Forestry Agency will begin checking for radioactive substances in cedar pollen in Fukushima Prefecture as early as next month, reports The Daily Yomiuri.
According to the Tokyo metropolitan government, wind can carries cedar pollen more than 200 kilometers.
“Pollen is said to fly from dozens to hundreds of kilometers… It is highly likely that pollen from Fukushima Prefecture reaches the Tokyo metropolitan area,” said Norio Sahashi, a pollen expert and visiting science professor at Toho University.
Yomiuri recalls, “In late March, many inquiries were received by the Meteorological Agency and local governments about a yellowish residue found in gardens and elsewhere in the Kanto region.
“Many residents apparently feared the residue was a radioactive substance from the crippled nuclear power plant, but it turned out to be pollen from the Kanto region.”
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Published: October 24th, 2011 at 7:59 am ET
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- Gov’t confirms 57.7 microsievert/hr near Tokyo is linked to Fukushima meltdowns — “Highly likely” it came from rain tainted with radioactive fallout October 23, 2011
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