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The impacts on the ocean of releases of radionuclides from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants remain unclear. However, information has been made public regarding the concentrations of radioactive isotopes of iodine and cesium in ocean water near the discharge point. These data allow us to draw some basic conclusions about the relative levels of(More)
The impact of the Fukushima-derived radiostrontium ((90)Sr and (89)Sr) on the western North Pacific Ocean has not been well established, although (90)Sr concentrations recorded in surface seawater offshore of the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant were in some areas comparable to or even higher than (as those in December 2011 with 400 kBq(More)
Radioactive materials were released to the environment from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant as a result of the reactor accident after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011. The measured (137)Cs concentration in a seawater sample near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant site reached 68 kBq L(-1) (6.8 × 10(4)Bq L(-1)) on 6(More)
Global nuclear weapons tests fallout of 137Cs in the northern hemisphere has been documented in the UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation) reports. However, many questions have arisen during the past three to four decades; e.g. the water column inventory of 137Cs in the North Pacific Ocean was two to three time(More)
List of tables and figures: 6 Table S1. Argo floats position. 7 Table S2. Zonal speed derived by Argo floats movements. 8 Table S3-1 Zonal and Meridional speed of near-realtime global ocean surface currents derived 9 from satellite altimeter and scatterometer data. 10 Table S3-2 Speed and direction of near-realtime global ocean surface currents derived from(More)
The database "Historical Artificial Radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean and its Marginal Seas", or HAM database, has been created. The database includes 90Sr, 137Cs, and 239,240Pu concentration data from the seawater of the Pacific Ocean and its marginal seas with some measurements from the sea surface to the bottom. The data in the HAM database were(More)
The accident of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 released a large amount of radiocesium into the North Pacific Ocean. Vertical distributions of Fukushima-derived radiocesium were measured at stations along the 149°E meridian in the western North Pacific during the winter of 2012. In the subtropical region, to the south of the(More)
The present levels of anthropogenic radionuclides, 137Cs and (239,240)Pu, in surface waters of the Pacific are estimated using the HAM database, which is a comprehensive data set of 137Cs, (239,240)Pu and other anthropogenic radionuclides. The time-series data of surface 137Cs and (239,240)Pu suggests that surface 137Cs and (239,240)Pu concentrations in the(More)