Jan 08

- Japanese Government to Measure Radiation of Rain and Snow in Fukushima Prefecture (EX_SKF, Jan. 7, 2012):

About time, you may say. But wait, there’s more. The result will be available in March.

And while we wait for the radioactivity of the snow that falls in Fukushima, the prefecture and the national government have been promoting ski slopes in Fukushima to young people with free or discount lift tickets. Come on up, the snow will shield dangerous radiation, so ski and snowboard in our beautiful mountains, the ski hotels in Fukushima say.

The Ministry of Education and Science already announced that there will be no announcement on weekends and holidays.

Yomiuri Shinbun (1/8/2012):

政府の原子力災害現地対策本部と福島県災害対策本部は1月から、同県内で地表に降った雨や雪を採取し、放射性物質を測定する観測を始めた。

The national government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters in Fukushima Prefecture and the Fukushima Prefecture’s Disaster Response Headquarters have started to collect rain and snow that fall on Fukushima to measure radioactive materials.

1回目の測定結果は、3月初旬までに公表す る予定。大気中に浮遊するちりなどに含まれる放射性物質の測定は、現在も県内20か所以上で実施しているが、昨年夏以降、検出限界値を下回る地点が多く なっていた。このため、雨や雪についても観測し、どの程度放射性物質が地表に沈着しているかを調べる。

The result of the first measurement is expected to be released by early March. The radioactive fallout in the air is still measured at more than 20 locations inside Fukushima, but since last summer the numbers at many locations are below the detection limit. So the government will test rain and snow in addition to the fallout to see the deposition of radioactive materials on the ground surface.

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