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UK, Japan scientists study radioactive Fukushima particles

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By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:12

UK, Japan scientists study radioactive Fukushima particles

Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, radioactive particles collected from the site are undergoing new forensic investigation in the UK in a bid to understand the exact sequence of events.A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck on March 11, 2011 off the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years earlier. Meltdowns at three of the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s six reactors spewed radiation into the air, soil and ocean, forcing over 100,000 residents to flee, many of whom have not returned.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is currently collaborating with British researchers to learn more about the state of the radioactive particles created by the meltdown.Dr Yukihiko Satou from the JAEA oversaw the transportation of particles to the UK collected from within the restricted zone, very close to the disaster site.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:12
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