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#fukushima Nuclear Fuel Release

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Prior to this most recent research,
. . . it had been assumed,
. . . that only volatile, gaseous radionuclides,
. . . such as caesium and iodine were released from the damaged reactors.

However, the new research is clarifying that,
. . . small, solid particles were also emitted from the fallout,and
. . . that some of these particles contain long-lived radionuclides.
The particles found measure just
. . . 5 micrometres or less; approximately
. . . 20 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
The size of the particles means humans could inhale them.

How long lived is “long lived”?
. . . Uranium, for example, has a half-life of billions of years.
. . . That doesn’t bode well.

3-5-2018 Source:  #Fukushima Nuclear Fuel Release

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