[MIS09-P06] Measurement of vertical distribution of environmental radiation using a drone at Choshi
Keywords:radon, atmosphere, earthquake predictability
We have reported continuous measurements of atmospheric radon density on the ground at Okayama for three years, Kochi, Choshi and Kiyosumi for two years, to predict earthquakes. In these measurements, we usually measured daily variations of the radon density. A model of the daily variations was proposed by Yoshioka .
This time, we tried to measure the vertical distribution of environmental radiation in atmosphere by using a drone (DJI MAVIC2 PRO) with a gamma ray detector, Radi (PA-1100, HORIBA). Preliminary measurement was done at Choshi (N35.71°, E140.84°), inside Chiba Institute of Science (CIS) from 12:06 to 12:17 on Feb. 15, 2020. We observed radiations of 0.056 micro-Sv/h (43m of altitude), 0.05 (56.6m), 0.054 (60.5m), 0.043 (79.5m), 0.036 (101.5m), 0.032 (112.5m), 0.033 (124m), 0.034 (141m) and 0.022 (151.2m). Environmental radiation dose trended to decrease in increase of altitude. Further measurements of vertical distribution of environmental radiation around CIS will be presented.
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