Latest news from Fukushima

Overall, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious but there are early signs of recovery in some functions, such as electrical power and instrumentation.

On 17 April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced that TEPCO had issued a “Roadmap towards Restoration from the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.” The roadmap outlines 63 measures to be taken in two steps over a period of six to nine months. TEPCO declared they will “make every effort to enable evacuees to return to their homes and for all citizens to be able to secure a sound life.”

Radiation Monitoring

From 15 to 17 April, I-131 was detected in only one prefecture on 15 April; with a reported value of 4.1 Bq/m2. During this period, deposition of Cs-137 was detected in 8 prefectures. The total deposition of Cs-137 in these prefectures on these 3 days ranged from 2.3 Bq/m2 to 66 Bq/m2.

The full report can be found here: http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

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