Data on Fukushima radiation monitoring

18 September 2012

A mass of data on radioactive emissions from the Fukushima nuclear accident has been made available by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Elena Buglova, March 2011 (IAEA) small
Elena Buglova of the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre briefs the media in March 2011

Most of the data in the Fukushima Monitoring Database was provided to the IAEA by Japanese authorities under the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident. It covers the period from the onset of the accident, 11 March 2011, to its official end with the declaration of cold shutdown on 16 December 2011.

The data was available to the IAEA's 155 member states, which coordinated their collaboration and response through the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC). Data from official Japanese radiation monitoring posts is included - as are complimentary data sets from 38 other countries and the European Commission. All of this went to inform the IAEA's communication of the accident, but now the raw data itself has been made available online for public record and third-party analysis.

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