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Date:3/5/2012

t. "Our calculations of soil contamination with cesium, for instance, turned out to be true throughout," says Wolfgang Raskob, who made daily prognosis computations with his team.

The working groups published their results on KIT's web site at http://www.kit.edu/visit/6042.php. From March 2011 to January 2012, this site was accessed nearly 54,000 times. "The graphics illustrating our dispersion calculations were even used as independent information in Japan", says Knebel. Until mid-April 2011, KIT received about 300 documented inquiries. At the same time, more than 270 articles in online media, more than 150 articles in printed media, more than 50 TV clips, and more than 80 radio segments reported about the work of the Helmholtz researchers at KIT after Fukushima.

In addition, persons staying in the North of Japan when the reactor accident happened were offered the service of undergoing a body counter measurement to detect potential incorporation of radioactive substances at KIT's In-vivo Measurement Laboratory. At the end of last year, a delegation of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency visited KIT to inform itself about reactor safety research conducted here and to conclude an agreement for extended cooperation.

Current Situation at Fukushima

In the surroundings of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese are presently trying to prepare decontamination of several hundred square kilometers of soil. "Removal of an about 5 cm thick soil layer is to reduce radioactive contamination to less than the threshold value of 5 millisievert," explains Wolfgang Raskob from KIT's Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET). "So far, such measures have been taken at kindergartens, schools, hospitals, and similar institutions." However, a long-term solution still remains to be found for the disposal of the earth removed. The plant itself is presently being enclosed by a protective
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Contact: Monika Landgraf
presse@kit.edu
49-072-160-847-414
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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