Local variance of atmospheric 14C concentrations around Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant from 2010 to 2012

Chen, B., Xu, S., Cook, G. T. , Freeman, S. P.H.T. , Hou, X., Liu, C.-Q., Naysmith, P. and Yamaguchi, K. (2017) Local variance of atmospheric 14C concentrations around Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant from 2010 to 2012. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 314(2), pp. 1001-1007. (doi:10.1007/s10967-017-5459-8) (PMCID:PMC5658471)

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Abstract

Radiocarbon (14C) has been measured in single tree ring samples collected from the southwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Our data indicate south-westwards dispersion of radiocarbon and the highest 14C activity observed so far in the local environment during the 2011 accident. The abnormally high 14C activity in the late wood of 2011 ring may imply an unknown source of radiocarbon nearby after the accident. The influence of 14C shrank from 30 km during normal reactor operation to 14 km for the accident in the northwest of FDNPP, but remains unclear in the southwest.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:CHEN, BIYING and Cook, Professor Gordon and Naysmith, Mr Philip and Xu, Dr Sheng and Freeman, Professor Stewart
Authors: Chen, B., Xu, S., Cook, G. T., Freeman, S. P.H.T., Hou, X., Liu, C.-Q., Naysmith, P., and Yamaguchi, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0236-5731
ISSN (Online):1588-2780
Published Online:08 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 314(2): 1001-1007
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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