Russian scientists study consequences of Fukushima-1 accident

The second expedition of the Russian Geographical Society studying the consequences of the Fukushima-1 accident left Vladivostok on the research vessel Akademik Shokalsky on Friday evening.

"The specialists will continue monitoring the radiation situation in the central part of the Sea of Japan and the areas of the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka in the Pacific Ocean," Yevgeny Karasev, deputy director of the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute, told Interfax.

The vessel Akademik Shokalsky will cross the Sea of Japan through the , will enter the Pacific Ocean, will go along the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, and will return to the Sea of Japan and the Vladivostok port through the La Perouse Strait.

The expedition participants will measure gamma radiation levels over the sea surface and take water samples. The water will be tested for radioactive cesium, strontium 90, and isotopes of plutonium and tritium. The specialists will also conduct round-the-clock monitoring of the content of radionuclides in the air.

According to Rosgidromet, the specialists will take samples of fresh water, soil, berries, and mushrooms in the Kuril Islands Urup and Paramushir to determine if there is any radiation contamination.

Among the members of the expedition are officials from the Emergency Situations Ministry, Rospotrebnadzor, and other agencies.

According to earlier reports, the first expedition studying the radiation situation in the Far East after the Fukushima accident was organized in spring 2011. The specialists then took samples of water, air, and fish in different parts of the Sea of Japan. The expedition did not find any radiation danger to residents of the Russian Far East.

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