Impact of North Korean nuclear weapons test on 3 September, 2017 on inland China traced by 14C and 129I

Luyuan Zhang, Xiaolin Hou*, Peng Cheng, Ning Chen, Yukun Fan, Qi Liu

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Abstract

Environmental impact of North Korea nuclear weapons testing on 3 Sept, 2017, is of key concern. In order to investigate whether there is radioactive leakage and whether it can be transported to inland China,14C and 129I are determined in aerosol samples collected in a Chinese inland city before and after the test. Aerosol Δ14C values before and after the test do not show any significant difference. In contrast, a four-fold increase of 129I/127I ratios was found after the test. The possible sources of  129I in these atmospheric samples and the impact of the North Korea nuclear test are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume316
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)383-388
ISSN0236-5731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • North Korea underground nuclear weapons test
  • 14C
  • 129I
  • Environmental impact
  • Aerosol

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Zhang, Luyuan ; Hou, Xiaolin ; Cheng, Peng ; Chen, Ning ; Fan, Yukun ; Liu, Qi. / Impact of North Korean nuclear weapons test on 3 September, 2017 on inland China traced by 14C and 129I. In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry. 2018 ; Vol. 316, No. 1. pp. 383-388.
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Impact of North Korean nuclear weapons test on 3 September, 2017 on inland China traced by 14C and 129I. / Zhang, Luyuan; Hou, Xiaolin; Cheng, Peng; Chen, Ning; Fan, Yukun; Liu, Qi.

In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 316, No. 1, 2018, p. 383-388.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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