Russian crew probing Fukushima disaster almost finished work in Pacific

Bad weather has suspended the taking of samples by the crew of the Prof. Khlyustin vessel, which departed from Vladivostok on September 25 to assess the aftereffects of the Japanese Fukushima-1 NPP nuclear disaster.

Bad weather has suspended the taking of samples by the crew of the Prof. Khlyustin vessel, which departed from Vladivostok on September 25 to assess the aftereffects of the Japanese Fukushima-1 NPP nuclear disaster.

"Work was done at eight out of ten stations on October 2-4. Bad weather has suspended further operations," says a report by FSUE Rosmorport, the owner of the vessel, posted on its website on Tuesday.

The researchers left Vladivostok for the Sea of Japan and the area of the Kuril Islands on September 25 to look into consequences of the Fukushima-1 accident.

This is the third expedition held since the accident. The first two took place in 2011 and 2012. The specialists are monitoring radiation levels in the areas impacted by the Japanese nuclear accident. The expedition is being carried out under the aegis of the Russian Geographic Society. The research ship will sail across the Sea of Japan and along the eastern coast of the Kuril Islands within 28-30 days.

The specialists will take samples of seawater, fish and other sea bio-resources outside of the Japanese economic zone. They will also take samples of soil, freshwater and silt on the Islands of Urup and Simushir, which belong to Russia.

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