Radioactive materials collected at Fukushima after the nuclear meltdown have arrived in Britain for forensic analysis.
It is hoped new analysis of the materials can shed light on the Japanese disaster from eight years ago, which was caused by an enormous 9.0 magnitude earthquake.
A tsunami was triggered which claimed the lived of some 18,000 people and was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
Meltdowns at three of the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s six reactors spewed radiation into the air, soil and ocean, forcing over 100,000 residents to flee. Many have still not returned.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is currently collaborating with British researchers to learn more about the state of the radioactive particles created by the meltdown.
Dr Yukihiko Satou from the JAEA oversaw the transportation of particles collected from within the restricted zone, very close to the disaster site, to Britain.
‘The particles were fundamentally extracted from those attached to soil, dust and debris,’ Dr Satou told Reuters.