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.”
- Report: Fukushima worker warns ‘get out of Japan before Spring’ — Radioactive pollen very serious — Radiation will spread around again
- Yellow powder reported in North Kanto area after rain, as happened in late March — Near location of newly found cesium ‘mistake’ (PHOTO)
- “Yellow rain” recently reported in Tokyo also happened after Chernobyl — Government assured residents it was pollen
- “Yellow rain” around Tokyo caused by pollen officials say – Rain may have contained radioactivity
Published: October 24th, 2011 at 7:59 am ET