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Monday, October 14, 2013

Cesium contamination increasing in water at port of Fukushima plant


Cesium contamination increasing in water at port of Fukushima plant


Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 13, 2013: [TEPCO] announced Oct. 12 that it has detected a rising level of radioactive cesium in seawater sampled from the mouth of the harbor [...] a combined 10 becquerels of cesium-134 and cesium-137 per liter*. The level is the highest since the plant operator began sampling water in June at the mouth of the port, which marks the boundary between the harbor around the plant and the ocean. [...] Samples taken a day earlier were below the measurable limits of 1.1 becquerels of cesium-134 and 0.9 becquerel of cesium-137 per liter, the company said. The previous record amount of radioactive cesium detected at the mouth of the harbor was 1.6 becquerels of cesium-134 and 4.7 becquerels of cesium-137 per liter in water sampled on Aug. 19. [...] TEPCO officials said that the environmental impact of the level of cesium detected on Oct. 11 is negligible.
* 10 becquerels per liter = 10,000 becquerels per cubic meterhttp://enenews.com/big-spike-in-radioactive-cesium-levels-in-ocean-by-fukushima-plant-10000-bqm3-a-record-amount-at-that-location-former-iaea-expert-fish-have-a-real-ability-to-accumulate-cesium-video
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