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JAEA Reports

Result of measurement of the ambient dose equivalent rates by car-borne surveys using KURAMA-II from 2012 until 2019

Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki

JAEA-Technology 2021-032, 66 Pages, 2022/03

JAEA-Technology-2021-032.pdf:3.84MB

Since the occurrence of the accident at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been conducting a series of car-borne survey over a wide area in the eastern part of Japan using the monitoring system KURAMAII. In this report, outline of the car-borne surveys are summarized and the following characteristics of the temporal changes in each prefecture and region were investigated using the measured data obtained from 2012 to 2019; 1) Average and maximum values for each prefecture for the six years from 2014 to 2019, 2) Average values for each prefecture from 2012 to 2019, 3) Average values for each evacuation order area category, regional category, and northern Soso-area municipality in Fukushima Prefecture from 2012 to 2019, and 4) Average and maximum values for each municipality in each prefecture for four times (at almost two-year intervals) of the measurement results from 2012 to 2018.

Journal Articles

${it In situ}$ spectrometry of terrestrial gamma rays using portable germanium detectors in area of 80 km radius around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Mikami, Satoshi; Tanaka, Hiroyuki*; Okuda, Naotoshi*; Sakamoto, Ryuichi*; Ochi, Kotaro; Uno, Kiichiro*; Matsuda, Norihiro; Saito, Kimiaki

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 20(4), p.159 - 178, 2021/12

In order to know the background radiation level where the area affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011, terrestrial gamma rays had been measured by using portable germanium detectors repeatedly from 2013 through 2019, at 370 locations within 80 km radius area centered on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Radioactive concentrations of Uranium 238, Thorium 232, Potassium 40 and kerma rates in air due to terrestrial gamma rays were obtained at those locations based on the method of ICRU report 53. Averaged concentrations of $$^{238}$$U, $$^{232}$$Th and $$^{40}$$K were 18.8, 22.7, 428 Bq/kg, respectively, and kerma rate in air over the area was found to be 0.0402 $$mu$$Gy/h. The obtained kerma rates in air were compared to those reported in literatures. It was confirmed that the data were correlated with each other, and were agreed within the range of their uncertainty. This is because the kerma rate in air due to terrestrial gamma rays is depend on geology. The similar trend to previous findings was observed that the kerma rate in air at locations geologically classified as Mesozoic era, Granite and Rhyolite were statistically significantly higher than the others.

Journal Articles

Determination of parameters for an equation to obtain natural background radiation using KURAMA-II loaded with C12137-01 type CsI(Tl) detector

Ando, Masaki; Matsuda, Norihiro; Saito, Kimiaki

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 20(1), p.34 - 39, 2021/03

We measured count rates and air dose rates at 11 measurement points where the influence of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident could be ignored to obtain parameters for a background equation applying to KURAMA-II loaded with the high sensitivity CsI(Tl) detector, C12137-01. It was found that the sensitivity of KURAMA-II (C12137-01) was about 10 times or more for background measurement, compared with KURAMA-II loaded with the standard type CsI(Tl) detector, C12137. A background equation for the energy range of 1400-2000 keV was determined as, y ($$mu$$Sv/h)=0.062 x (cps). We evaluated background air dose rates using KURAMA-II (C12137-01) for 71 municipalities and compared them with the previous study using KURAMA-II (C12137). Evaluated background air dose rates in this study were almost equal to those in the previous study. We confirmed that the background equation evaluated in this study was applicable for the KURAMA-II (C12137-01).

Journal Articles

Decreasing trend of ambient dose equivalent rates over a wide area in eastern Japan until 2016 evaluated by car-borne surveys using KURAMA systems

Ando, Masaki; Mikami, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shuichi; Yoshida, Tadayoshi; Matsuda, Norihiro; Saito, Kimiaki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 192, p.385 - 398, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:49.97(Environmental Sciences)

Car-borne surveys using KURAMA systems have been conducted over a wide area in eastern Japan since 2011. The measurement data collected until 2016 was analyzed, and decreasing trend of the dose rates in regions within 80 km of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant were examined. The averaged dose rates tended to decrease considerably with respect to the physical decay of radiocaesium, and the ecological half-lives of the fast and slow decay components were estimated. The decrease of the dose rate in the forest was slower than its decrease in other regions, and the decrease of the dose rate in urban area was the fastest. The decrease in the dose rates obtained via the car-borne survey was larger than that obtained on flat ground with few disturbances using survey meters approximately 1.5 y after the accident; hereafter, the decrease in the dose rates obtained via the car-borne survey was same as the latter measurement.

Journal Articles

Review of the performance of a car-borne survey system, KURAMA-II, used to measure the dose rate after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Tsuda, Shuichi; Tanigaki, Minoru*; Yoshida, Tadayoshi; Saito, Kimiaki

Hoshasen, 44(3), p.109 - 118, 2018/11

JAEA has started to perform dose rate monitoring using a car-borne survey system KURAMA to rapidly produce the dose rate mappings of the deposited radionuclides in the environment after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. KURAMA is a car-borne survey system developed by Kyoto University to perform dose rate monitoring in a wide area in detail with rapidity. By improving KURAMA with continuous dose rate monitoring, the 2nd generation of KURAMA (KURAMA-II) succeeded in downsizing, durability and automated transmission of data so that enable detailed dose rate mapping in wide area in shorter period of time. This paper reports the radiation characteristics and the simulation analysis of KURAMA-II on the special issue of Hoshasen, the journal of Ionization Radiation Division in the Japan society of applied physics.

Journal Articles

Measurement of ambient dose equivalent rates by walk survey around Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant using KURAMA-II until 2016

Ando, Masaki; Yamamoto, Hideaki*; Kanno, Takashi*; Saito, Kimiaki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 190-191, p.111 - 121, 2018/10

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:53.18(Environmental Sciences)

Ambient dose equivalent rates in various environments related to human lives were measured by walk surveys using the KURAMA-II systems from 2013 to 2016 around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The dose rate of the locations where the walk survey was performed decreased to about 38% of its initial value in the 42 months, which was beyond that attributable to the physical decay. The air dose rates decreased depending on the level of the evacuation areas, and the decrease was slightly larger in populated areas where humans are active. The comparison of walk survey data with car-borne survey data indicated that the air dose rate varies largely even within a 100 m square area. The dose rates measured by the walk surveys were estimated to be medial of those along roads and those of undisturbed flat ground. The air dose rates measured by the walk surveys decreased quickly compared with the air dose rate from the flat ground measurement.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of ambient dose equivalent rates owing to natural radioactive nuclides in eastern Japan by car-borne surveys using KURAMA-II

Ando, Masaki; Matsuda, Norihiro; Saito, Kimiaki

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 16(2), p.63 - 80, 2017/05

In order to discriminate the contribution of radioactive cesium due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident to the air dose rates measured by the car-borne surveys, natural background radiation was evaluated for eastern Japan area as the municipality averaged values. The window count method for distinction between natural and artificial radioactive nuclides was applied to the car-borne surveys using the KURAMA-II. Distribution of the evaluated natural background radiation showed geological feature, and it was found that the radiations measured along paved roads were reflecting the distribution of terrestrial $$gamma$$-rays. The effect of the radioactive cesium as of 2014 for the municipalities designated as the Intensive Contamination Survey Area was beyond the uncertainty of the natural background radiation. That for the other municipalities, however, was found to be almost negligible.

JAEA Reports

Study on decreasing trend of air dose rates observed in Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring prefectures

Ando, Masaki; Kanno, Takashi; Saito, Kimiaki

JAEA-Technology 2015-060, 40 Pages, 2016/03

JAEA-Technology-2015-060.pdf:50.1MB

The ratios of air dose rate averaged in prefecture-wise measured by car borne surveys in wide area has been performed by with the use of the KURAMA and KURAMA-II systems were investigated. The changes in air dose rate from the first (June 2011) car borne survey to the fourth (September 2012) and seventh (November 2013) car borne surveys in Fukushima Prefecture was similar to those in Tochigi Prefecture, and the ratio in Miyagi Prefecture showed quicker decay than those in the other prefectures in the groups of less than 0.5$$mu$$Sv/h. Distribution maps of the ratios of air dose rate obtained in 100m mesh wise in Fukushima, Tochigi and Miyagi prefectures showed that the ratios (i.e. decreasing rates) were depending on the area or road. Further, decreasing in the air dose rate was quicker than the physical decay in the big cities where population is big and the traffic is huge.

Oral presentation

Study on distribution and migration of radioactive substances around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 8; Air dose measurement in living environment

Matsuda, Norihiro; Mikami, Satoshi; Nakano, Masakazu; Uno, Kiichiro; Hagiwara, Shigetomo; Yamamoto, Hideaki; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Study on distribution and migration of radioactive substances around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 4; Measurement of air dose rate maps by a series of car-borne surveys

Ando, Masaki; Matsuda, Norihiro; Sato, Tetsuro*; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

A series of measurements of air-dose rate has been performed with a car-borne survey system KURAMA-II over wide areas in eastern Japan since 2011 to obtain data to grasp distribution of air dose rates and the decreasing tendency. Air dose rate maps were constructed by the seven car-borne surveys. It was found that the decreasing trend of air dose rates measured through car-borne surveys was found to be more pronounced than those expected on the basis of the physical decay of radioactive cesium and of the air dose rates measured using NaI (Tl) survey meters in the areas surrounding the roadways. In addition, it was found that the extent of decrease in air dose rates was moderated through the car-borne surveys performed in 2013.

Oral presentation

Oral presentation

Study on distribution and migration of radioactive substances around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 5; Survey of the air dose rates using a man-borne survey method

Sato, Tetsuro*; Ando, Masaki; Uno, Kiichiro; Nakano, Masakazu; Kanno, Takashi; Yamamoto, Hideaki; Matsumoto, Shinichiro; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

The distribution of radioactive cesium were examined by man borne survey method by using KURAMA-II monitoring system. The correlation between the air dose rate measured by man borne survey method and the air dose rate measured by survey meters at 1 m above ground were examined. The correlation between the air dose rate measured by man borne survey method and the air dose rate measured by car borne survey were examined.

Oral presentation

Study on distribution and migration of radioactive substances around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 3; Distinction between natural and artificial radioactive nuclides using KURAMA-II

Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki; Matsuda, Norihiro

no journal, , 

To evaluate contribution of natural radioactive nuclides to the air dose rate measured by car-borne survey in relatively low air dose range, a rapid method to distinguish natural radioactive nuclides was applied to a car-borne survey system KURAMA-II, and the availability was evaluated.

Oral presentation

Mapping project in Fukushima and related researches, 9; Estimation of exposed dose by measurement of air dose rate considering daily activity pattern

Sato, Tetsuro*; Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

The life behavior patterns and the path expected when the residents returned to the evacuation order release preparation area were investigated through interviews, and the air dose rates over the path measured with KURAMA-II. The results of expectation of exposure dose received in daily life when the residents returned to the areas showed that the minimum value of the additional exposure dose of a year was 0.31[mSv] and the maximum one was 2.62[mSv], and that the additional exposure dose of a year for 47 people which is 72% of the subject 65 people was less than 1.0[mSv].

Oral presentation

Investigation on distribution of radioactive substances in Fukushima, 7; Estimation of exposed dose by measurement of air dose rate considering daily activity pattern

Sato, Tetsuro*; Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

In order to estimate exposed dose after returning of residence to areas where the evacuation order was lifted, interview surveys of assumed daily activity patterns when returning home were carried out and air dose rates in such areas were measured. We estimated additional exposure dose due to the 1F accident from the results of the investigations in 3 years (from 2014 to 2016).

Oral presentation

Investigation on distribution of radioactive substances in Fukushima, 7; Estimation of exposed dose by measurement of air dose rate considering daily activity pattern

Sato, Tetsuro*; Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

We have been continuously implementing an attempt to accurately estimate the exposure dose when residents return to areas where evacuation order was cancelled, by interview of life action route and measurement of air dose rate covering the whole action route. The survey results for 2017 and 2018 will be reported. From this study, it was found that about 85% of the surveyed people had an estimated annual additional dose of 1.0 mSv or less, and about 90% had an estimated value of 2.0 mSv or less.

Oral presentation

Investigation on distribution of radioactive substances in Fukushima, 8; Estimation of exposed dose by measurement of air dose rate considering daily activity pattern

Sato, Tetsuro*; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Sato, Rina; Kanaizuka, Seiichi*; Sanada, Yukihisa; Ando, Masaki; Saito, Kimiaki

no journal, , 

From FY2014, researches on estimation of exposure dose when residents return to areas where evacuation orders have been canceled by interviewing living behavior routes and measuring air dose rates covering the entire routes have been carried out. We will report the specifications and the accuracy of exposure dose simulator developed in this study.

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