The 11 March Japan Disaster

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CTBTO’s Fukushima-related measurements

Over 35 stations of the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System (IMS) have detected radioactive isotopes and noble gases stemming from the damaged power plant, among them Iodine-131 and Caesium-137.

Read more here.

The CTBTO’s over 300 monitoring stations can contribute to disaster mitigation efforts.

Emergency response cooperation intensified

Following the disaster, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has initiated closer cooperation between relevant international organizations. Read the 25 March press release here.

The CTBTO started sharing its monitoring data and analysis reports with the IAEA and WHO. Read the 18 March press release here.

Atmospheric Transport Modeling can predict the dispersal of radioactivity.

Scientists project path of radiation plume

“[The CTBTO] has more than 60 stations that sniff the air for radiation spikes and uses weather forecasts and powerful computers to model the transport of radiation on the winds.” (New York Times)

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The International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria.

Radiation data from Japanese disaster starts to filter out

"Japan and other countries have their own national radiation protection services, but where we could be useful is the worldwide nature of our monitoring network", Dr Lassina Zerbo, Director of the CTBTO’s International Data Centre is quoted (Nature magazine).

Read more here.

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Fukushima: Another reason to ratify the CTBT

“The utility of this monitoring system during this terrible time should serve as a reminder to the Obama administration and the Senate that ratifying the CTBT would strengthen both US and global security.” (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

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Click to see animation how our radionuclide technology works.

UN, diplomats seek to dispel nuclear anxiety

 “A diplomat with access to radiation tracking by the U.N.'s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna cited readings from a California-based measuring station of the agency as about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening.” (Associated Press)

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On-site inspection exercise on the former Soviet nuclear testing grounds Semipalatinsk

A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones

Manmade radioactivity from over 2,000 nuclear explosive tests, nuclear accidents and related activities has contaminated many areas in the world for generations to come. (Der Spiegel)

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One of 1,200 institutes in the 120 Member States currently receiving CTBTO monitoring data and analyses.

Philippine Institute provides data on Fukushima

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) provides up-to-date information on measurements by the CTBTO’s radionuclide monitoring station in the country, as well as from its national samples of soil, water, and fish.

Read more here.

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Austrian institute reports on spread of radioactivity

The Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) continues to provide daily updates on the spread of radioactivity from the stricken Japanese power plant.

Read more here.

Propagation of seismic waves after an earthquake (BGR)

Data published by German institutes

The German Federal Radiation Protection Agency (BfS) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) have also published comprehensive data on the CTBTO’s Fukushima-related findings on their respective websites.

Read more (in German): BfS / BGR

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Media coverage

For an overview of the over 500 reports on the CTBTO’s Fukushima-related measurements in the international electronic media during the month of March, see here.