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  • 1 Radon Research Group, National Institute of Radiological Sciences 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage, Chiba 263-8555, Japan
  • | 2 Radon Research Group, National Institute of Radiological Sciences 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage, Chiba 263-8555, Japan
  • | 3 Fukuoka Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences 39 Mukaizano, Dazaifu 818-0135, Japan
  • | 4 Radon Research Group, National Institute of Radiological Sciences 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage, Chiba 263-8555, Japan
  • | 5 Radon Research Group, National Institute of Radiological Sciences 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage, Chiba 263-8555, Japan
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Radon measurements were carried out in a Japanese wooden house built on granitic geology, where radon-rich well water is used. Atmospheric radon concentrations were measured over one year with passive integrated radon monitors. The monitors were distributed at several locations in the house and were replaced every two months. In order to confirm the diurnal variation and heterogeneous distribution of radon, short-term measurements were carried out accordingly. Radon, its decay products and terrestrial gamma-radiations were measured in this survey. From the long-term measurement, the radon concentration in the house ranged from 14 to 184 Bq. m-3with an arithmetic mean of 45 Bq. m-3. A radon concentration of 184 Bq. m-3was observed in the bathroom in spring (March-May) though the radon level was normal in the living room and bedroom. In order to characterize the house, similar measurements were conducted in several surrounding houses. There was a significant difference in radon concentration between the investigated houses. There was a spatial distribution of the radon concentration and the highest value was found in the bathroom. Radon and its decay products concentrations varied with time, which increased from midnight to morning whereas they decreased during daytime. Although the radon concentration in tap water was 1 Bq. l-1, a high level of 353 Bq. l-1was found in the well water.While well water was being used, the indoor radon concentration near the bathroom increased rapidly with a maximum value of 964 Bq. m-3. It is clear that the use of well water enhanced the radon level around the bathroom.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
4
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)