Study: Fukushima Fallout May
be Much Higher Than Thought
Fukushima Power Plant
EMF Protection Devices
Magnetic Field Detector
October 27th, 2011
Researchers from the United States and Europe say Japan's
crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have released twice as
much radioactive material as first thought.
A study posted Thursday on the website for the journal
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics says the plant likely
spewed twice as much cesium-137 into the atmosphere than
initially reported. The conclusion was based on an analysis
of sensors from around the world.
Lead author Andreas Stohl, with the Norwegian Institute for
Air Research, says the reason for the difference is that
Japanese officials were not able to measure radioactive
material that was blown out to sea.
In all, the amount of cesium-137 released into the
atmosphere reached about 40 percent of that released during
the meltdown at Chernobyl .
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
exposure to cesium-137 can cause an increased risk of
No one has yet died from radiation exposure, but tens of
thousands of people remain evacuated from areas in and
around a 20-kilometer zone around the the disabled
power plant has been leaking radiation since the March 11
earthquake and tsunami devastated much of coastal
northeastern Japan, leaving 20,000 people dead or missing.