The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster with Dr. Dan Ferreira


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“The Impact of pH and Ion Exchange on 133Cs Adsorption on Vermiculite” with Dr. Dan Ferreira.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami led to the explosion of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The explosions resulted in radioactive particles being released into the air, which eventually settled on neighboring soils. Dr. Ferreira has been working for half a decade to study these soils, including the bonds forged between these materials, the strength of those bonds, and, most importantly how to break them.

Tune in to learn:

  • What happened during the disaster
  • What it takes to work with radioactive soils
  • Why radioactive cesium can be such a problem
  • What progress has been made towards remediating these soils

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CEU Quiz:

“Farming in Fukushima One Decade after Nuclear Disaster” CSA News article:

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"What are the long-term effects of the Fukushima disaster on local agronomy?" on the Sustainable, Secure Food blog post.

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