DOE releases radiation monitoring data from Fukushima nuclear

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Energy released data recorded from its aerial monitoring system as well as ground detectors deployed along with its consequence management response teams.

The information has also been shared with the government of Japan as part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to support Japan with the recovery and response effort.

On March 15, 33 experts from the Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) arrived in Japan along with more than 17,200 pounds of equipment.

After initial deployments at U.S. consulates and military installations in Japan, these teams have utilized their unique skills, expertise and equipment to help assess, survey, monitor and sample areas for radiation. The 33 team members joined another six DOE personnel already in Japan.

Since arriving in Japan, NNSA teams have collected and analyzed data gathered from more than 40 hours of flights aboard Department of Defense aircraft and thousands of ground monitoring points.

That data has been collected, analyzed and posted on the Department’s website. Consistent with the president’s commitment to share important information related to health and safety with the public, the DOE will seek to update the data posted on its website daily.

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