Cesium-137 fallout map comparison Chornobyl vs. Fukushima – new color-translated map added

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 23, 2011 (stuck here due to Belgian rail strike)

!!!–> I finally added the Cecium-137-only Fukushima fallout map in Chornobyl Cs-137 fallout UNEP legend colors to my ‘Extended Fukushima Fallout Maps – Sept 29 MEXT Release. Fukushima vs. Chernobyl – 2 [–> that previous blog post includes original unaltered maps and their sources, as well as the color legend translation key I created. Check it out!].

Comparison of Cs-137 contamination Chornobyl versus Fukushima:

  • Europe, showing Cs-137 falloyt from the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster:

  • Selection of Japan mapped for Cs-137 fallout stemming from March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, in above UNEP colors:  (See here for original MEXT/DOE map sources.)

CLICK for Japanese Source showing original (non-color-translated) maps (15-page pdf.) Green areas are not based on data, merely done to suggest some yellow areas may contain green-level fallout levels of less than 2kBq/m^2 (as found on other similar UNEP maps).
April 30, 2012 add-on note: Map Source no longer at "http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/ja/1910/2011/09/1910_092917_1.pdf", but can reportedly be found in: http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/en/

  • To gauge distance comparison:

NOTE: Mapped Cs-137 fallout from Chornobyl was after leaking ended. Mapped Cs-137 fallout from Fukushima-Daiichi is from shortly after worst leaking occurred. Some leaking continued (mostly into the ground and ocean) for over half a year after the published contamination maps were created.

All color-translation maps are original artwork by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2011.  

PS: At some point all the map comparisons related to these nuclear disasters are likely to be brought together on this static page. (= work in progress)

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2 Responses to Cesium-137 fallout map comparison Chornobyl vs. Fukushima – new color-translated map added

  1. John says:

    Incorrect map!
    In 1986, very large amounts of radioactive fallout were measured in eastern Romania. The (communist) authorities didn’t want to report this, they didn’t want upset the Big Brother.

    • MVB says:

      Right. I suspect similar cover-ups in the west. They do this to mess with the statistical correlations between various illnesses and hotspots. Same reason why Japan shipped radioactive Fukushima waste to every corner of Japan for burning, to reduce the “control group”. In a decade they can say, “Look, in areas not affected by Fukushima, these illnesses increased as well, so it can’t be from radioactive contamination. They’re on it.

      Thanks for commenting. If you come across old suppressed data, do share.

      Be well,

      MVB

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