Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say. Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) and Tsukuba University in Ibaraki Prefecture shows. Typhoons “strongly contribute” to soil disperal, said Evrad, though it can be months later, after the winter snow melts, that contamination actually passes into rivers. (Japantimes.co.jp)

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