KeywordsChernobyl Nuclear Power Station
C 14 C 12
C 13 C 12
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CitationKuc, T. (1987). 14C traced in Kraków after the Chernobyl accident. Radiocarbon, 29(3), 319-322.
PublisherAmerican Journal of Science
AbstractResults of the 14C measurements in atmospheric CO2 in the first half of 1986 are presented. CO2 samples were systematically collected in Krakow in two-week cycles and, after conversion to benzene, measured in a liquid scintillation spectrometer. 14C activity and 13C/12C ratio are reported as delta-14C and delta-13CPDg, respectively. For about three weeks after April 26, 1986 (the Chernobyl accident) an increase of ~9% above the normal level for Krakow was observed. A rough estimate of the 14C release to the lower atmosphere during the accident gave a value 900 Ci, which is ~1.8 x 10^5 of the total activity released to the atmosphere.