Japanese Communities Face Contamination

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research has found that communities in Japan that survived the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami disaster now face contamination concerns resulting from typhoons.

     New research from France’s Climate and Environmental Science Laboratory and Tsukuba University in Japan show that high winds and rain wash away soil contaminated by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.  Cesium and other contaminates lace the soil, which is deposited into streams and rivers as a result of typhoons.  So those communities that were lucky enough to escape the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami now face a different danger.  The yearly typhoons strongly contribute to soil dispersal, putting these communities at risk of cesium-134 and cesium-137 particles entering their water.