Vertical migration of137cs in japanese orchards after the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant accident

Mamoru Sato, Kaori Matsuoka, Tsugiko Takase, Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Kikunaga, Daisuke Takata, Keitaro Tanoi, Tsutomu Ohtsuki, Shinnosuke Kusaba, Katsuhiko Yamaguchi

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We investigated the vertical137Cs distribution in soil among five sod culture orchards with different soil textures over six years after 2011, when137Cs fallout was released by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, to confirm the long-term137Cs downward-migration into soil. At each orchard, soil cores were collected to a depth of 30 cm and subdivided into intervals of 3 to 9 cm. The137Cs within the 3 cm of topsoil decreased from 84–94% during the first 7 months after deposition in 2011 to 41–75% in 2017. From 2012 onward, the vertical137Cs profiles in the soils were explained by a two-component negative exponential model composed of a rapid and a slow component with a change of slope at a depth of 6 to 9 cm. It took 4 years after deposition to show a significant difference in the value of the average137Cs migration distance (Md) among the orchards. The speed of137Cs migration in the orchards during the 6 years after the accident year was 0.44 to 0.97 cm year−1 based on the Md. There was a significant positive correlation between Md and fine sand content in the 3 cm of topsoil between Md and the ratio of the total carbon content (TC) at a depth of 3 to 6 cm to that in the top 3 cm of soil. Furthermore, the percentage of exchangeable137Cs (ex-137Cs) to137Cs at 3 to 6 cm depth increased significantly in proportion to the ratio of TC at 3 to 6 cm depth to TC at 0 to 3 cm depth in soil collected in 2013. These findings indicate that one of the mobile forms of137Cs was ex-137Cs combined with TC and that the fine sand content and TC influenced the137Cs downward-migration in the 3 cm of topsoil in the orchard in which organic matter accumulated by sod culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-163
Number of pages14
JournalHorticulture Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • AverageCs migration distance
  • ExchangeableCs activity concentration
  • Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident
  • Long-termCs downward-migration
  • Orchard


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