The current status of natural and artificial radiation in İstanbul 36 years after chernobyl, preceding a potential nuclear threat


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GÜNAY O., Özden S., Aközcan Pehlivanoğlu S.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10967-024-09539-x
  • Journal Name: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Analytical Abstracts, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: 137Cs pollution, Annual effective dose, Gamma-ray spectrometry, Natural radiation, Soil pollution in İstanbul
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In this study, the current status of natural and artificial radioactivity levels in soil samples from the Büyükçekmece and Silivri districts of Istanbul, as well as the Marmara Ereğlisi district in Tekirdağ, has been determined in anticipation of a potential nuclear leakage (e.g. the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant). Twenty soil samples were collected from the study area, and the radioactivity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs were measured using an HPGe detector. The average concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs were found to be 26 ± 2, 30 ± 2, 540 ± 29, 0.55 ± 0.07 Bq kg−1, respectively.