IPSHU English Research Report Series Issue 28
published_at 2012-03

Radioacitivity of the aerosol collected in Nagasaki City due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Yuan Jun
Zeng Zifeng
Takatsuji Toshihiro
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Abstract
Radioactivity of 134Cs and 137Cs was detected in the aerosol collected in Nagasaki prefectural forest park "Nagasaki Kenmin No Mori" about 20 km north-west from central Nagasaki City from Mar. 23 to Jul. 27, 2011. The highest concentrations of the nuclides were detected in the sample collected from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13 and 110mAg was also detected in the sample. The wind of Apr. 6 in the park was found to come via Fukushima with back-trajectory analysis in the web-site of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Department of Commerce. The concentrations in the air of 134Cs, 137Cs and 110mAg evaluated were as small as 0.47, 0.52 and 0.0054 mBq/m3 respectively. However, the concentrations of them in the collected aerosol were as large as 11.3, 12.4 and 0.12 kBq/kg, and equivalent to the level of surface soil of 5 cm in Warabidaira Iitate Fukushima, highly contaminated area. It indicates that air filters in air-conditioning facilities should be handled carefully also at Nagasaki about 1,000 km apart from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In addition, the concentration of natural radioactivity Pb-210 was found as large as 19.9 kBq/kg. Therefore, it was ascertained that the risk of air filters was already existed before the accident and the radioactivity arisen from the accident increased the risk.
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