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Cesium-rich microparticles runoff during rainfall; A Case study in the Takase River

Tatsuno, Takahiro*; Waki, Hiromichi*; Kakuma, Minato*; Nihei, Naoto*; Wada, Toshihiro*; Yoshimura, Kazuya  ; Nakanishi, Takahiro   ; Ote, Nobuhito*

Cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) with high cesium-137 ($$^{137}$$Cs) concentrations were released and deposited in surface soil after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Radioactive materials on the soil surface layer enter rivers owing to soil erosion during rainfall. In this study, we investigated CsMPs runoff through the river via soil erosion during rainfall in the Takase River watershed in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. CsMPs were rarely detected in suspended solids (SS) in water samples collected during four rainfalls between February and July 2021. Furthermore, the proportion of $$^{137}$$Cs concentration derived from CsMPs to $$^{137}$$Cs concentration in the form of SS (particulate $$^{137}$$Cs) in the water was $$sim$$6% on average, which suggests that $$^{137}$$Cs runoff in the form of CsMPs from the forest to the Takase River was not large.



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