Study results show that the radiation exposure in the Marshall Islands is higher than in Fukushima, Chernobyl
The radiation levels on the Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific, where the US carried out more than 65 nuclear tests during the Cold War, are still alarmingly high – in some cases even higher than in Fukushima and Chernobyl, according to a new study.
Columbia University researchers studied soil samples on four uninhabited islands and found that they contained levels of nuclear isotopes that were "significantly" higher than the concentrations found near the two disaster areas by the Department of Defense. "/>
A nuclear test blast from April 1954 is shown by the US Department of Defense.
"All these measurements are important as at least some of the atolls in the Marshall Islands may possibly be repopulated," Dr. David Krofcheck from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Auckland.
"Such measurements of the impact of nuclear weapons testing on the Marshall Islands must continue on a regular basis in the indefinite future," he told the Science Media Center.
Two of the islands on which the ground was located The analyzed bikini and Enewetak were used between 1
946 and 1958 as "Ground Zero" for US nuclear tests. The others, Rongelap and Utirik, were affected by the fallout from the largest of the 67 tests, the so-called Bravo test.
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Researchers in Colombia said they wanted "a picture of current radiological conditions" in the region "by examining the concentrations of external gamma radiation and soil radionuclide activity. "
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Their findings, published in the journal PNAS on Monday, showed that gamma radiation occurs in some areas" well above "the statutory exposure limit, which was set in agreements between the US and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
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