Modelling the possible spread of radioactivity from Fukushima Dai-ichi

Animating radioactive cloud release from Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Japan

Source: ZAMG

ZAMG, the Austrian national weather service has produced two animated GIF maps simulating the possible spread of a radioactive cloud from the Japanese nuclear power station damaged by the recent earthquake and tsunami. One showing South East Asia, the other a world map.

The computer model uses weather forecasts to model and predict the plume’s diffusion from Japan, eastwards across the Pacific over the course of a week.

As I understand it, this computer simulation is based on the assumption a cloud has been released constantly from the power plant since March 12th – not necessarily a reflection of true events.

The article is in German, but Google Translate is good.

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