The second expedition of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) to assess the consequences of the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" went to Friday from Vladivostok in the Pacific Ocean on the ship "Akademik Shokal'skii", RIA Novosti deputy director of the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute Eugene Karasev.
The first stage of expedition, received a grant RGS, launched April 22, 2011 from Vladivostok. 28 days expedition on the research vessel "Pavel Gordienko" was held in Vladivostok in the Strait between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, and then along the Kuril Islands to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The first expedition found no RGS cesium from the "Fukushima" in samples of fish and seaweed from the coast of Kamchatka. However, for the sake of peace inhabitants of the Far East, it was decided to conduct a second expedition on the research vessel "Akademik Shokal'skii."
"The farewell ceremony was attended by journalists, representative RGS Vitaly Vyatkin, members of the Pacific Institute of Geography. Vitaly Vyatkin gave members of the expedition flag society. After the flag hoisting vessel sailed into the sea," — said the official.
He clarified that the expedition of 18 people. Two journalists, 16 more people — representatives of MES and scientists of various profiles, including representatives of the Hydromet and Rosatom. Scientists during the expedition will take samples of water and air, and to analyze the level of gamma radiation, radioactive cesium and strontium-90, plutonium isotopes and radionuclides.
"Academic Shokal'skii" cross the Sea of Japan, and then released into the Pacific Ocean through the Tsugaru Strait and pass along the Russian-Japanese border on the sea at the Kuril-Kamchatka ridge. Return trip to the Sea of Japan will lie through La Perouse Strait. It is assumed that the expedition will last until mid-September.
After the devastating earthquake in Japan on March 11 and the ensuing tsunami on nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" was recorded a series of accidents caused by the failure of the cooling system. As a result of incidents at the plant revealed several radiation leaks, forcing authorities to evacuate people from the 20-kilometer zone around the plant.
She later appeared information about the discovery in a number of areas of Japan radioactive elements, including isotopes of iodine and cesium in the air, sea and drinking water as well as in products.