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The Environmentalist

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 136–143 | Cite as

The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident and exposures in the environment

  • Keiichi Akahane
  • Shunsuke Yonai
  • Shigekazu Fukuda
  • Nobuyuki Miyahara
  • Hiroshi Yasuda
  • Kazuki Iwaoka
  • Masaki Matsumoto
  • Akifumi Fukumura
  • Makoto Akashi
Article

Abstract

The Great East Japan Earthquake has occurred on March 11, 2011, in the Tohoku District of Japan. Due to the earthquake, big tsunamis were induced, and they rushed to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, causing severe accidents. Radioactive materials including I-131, Cs-137 and so on were emitted from the plant to the environment. The Japanese government, Fukushima prefectural government and other local governments have struggled against the accidents. The restricted area and deliberate evacuation area are set by the government, and the residents are evacuated. The dose rates in and around Fukushima Prefecture have been monitored by the governments and other involved organizations. Fukushima government has started the health management survey for all residents in Fukushima Prefecture including the questions on their activities for the estimations of their external doses.

Keywords

Fukushima Earthquake Nuclear accident Radiation exposure 

References

  1. Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters of Government of Japan (2011a) Report of the Japanese Government to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety—The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, June 2011Google Scholar
  2. Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters of Government of Japan (2011b) Additional Report of the Japanese Government to the IAEA—The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations—(Second Report), September 2011Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keiichi Akahane
    • 1
  • Shunsuke Yonai
    • 1
  • Shigekazu Fukuda
    • 1
  • Nobuyuki Miyahara
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Yasuda
    • 1
  • Kazuki Iwaoka
    • 1
  • Masaki Matsumoto
    • 1
  • Akifumi Fukumura
    • 1
  • Makoto Akashi
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)Inage-kuJapan

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