The latest research by scientists at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology JAMSTEC has revealed that radioactive materials leaked in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident have already spread to the Arctic Ocean.
Dr. Yuichiro Kumamoto, senior researcher of the “Ocean Research and Development Organization” summarized the research results a few days ago, according to which the radioactive material caesium-134 from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011 had reached the Arctic Ocean about eight years after the incident.
Kumamoto speculates that the amount discovered is small but spreads toward the center of the Arctic Ocean. It is also estimated that caesium-137 has also arrived.
Earlier this November, visiting professor Michio Aoyama of the University of Tsukuba announced similar research findings. After caesium-137 had reached the west coast of the United States, it was found that some of it was transported northward and was also returned to Japan by ocean currents from the northeastern region.
According to Michio Aoyama, in 2017, caesium-137 was detected for the first time in the Bering Sea, in the northernmost part of the Pacific Ocean and the Chukchi Sea, the Arctic Ocean’s adjacent sea
After the accident, Dr. Kumamoto analyzed seawater in the North Pacific Ocean and other areas. Seawater collected north of the Alaska Peninsula on October 19, 2021, had 0.07 becquerels per cubic meter of caesium-134 (half-life of about 2 years).
Although the amounts of caesium measured in the Arctic Ocean were very small and barely detectable, the proper communication of various information was necessary to monitor the spread status and to avoid rumors, Dr. Kumamoto said.
Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal