Natural gamma radioactivity in the villages of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India

Padua, Jeni Chandar; Basil Rose, M. R.
August 2013
Radiation Protection Dosimetry;Aug2013, Vol. 156 Issue 1, p42
Academic Journal
In situ radiometric survey carried out in 81 revenue villages of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India, using a portable radiation dosemeter/detector, revealed the existence of radiation hotspots along the coastal belt. A close observation of the coastal villages specifically revealed high background radioactivity in 14 coastal villages. A very high intrinsic anomalous radioactivity of 41.03 μSv h−1 was observed, in a famous tourist spot in the coastal belt of Kanyakumari District. This is the highest level of radiation registered in South India, which is extremely higher than the permissible world average and is suggestive of causing severe clinical problems on continuous and prolonged exposure.


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