Monitoring Soil and Underground Water EC in a Rice Field Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages: 31-38
Received: Jan. 19, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 1, 2016; Published: Feb. 23, 2016
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Yoshiko Muto, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan
Eiichi Kurashima, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan
Kiyohito Yamamoto, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan
Koji Harashina, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan
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The Otomo rice field zone in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture was catastrophically damaged by large-scale subsidence and the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan earthquake, which occurred on March 11th, 2011. Electrical conductivity of underground water, bulk electrical conductivity of the soil, and various meteorological elements were observed at a fixed point for eight months. The electrical conductivity of underground water fluctuated irregularly at the beginning of the observation period, temporarily reaching up to 5 Sm-1 at sea level. After some time, an overall decreasing trend prevailed, and when the observations ended the conductivity of the water had dropped to 0.55 Sm-1. The bulk electrical conductivity of the soil also decreased gradually, from 0.4 to 0.3 Sm-1, over the eight months, which is likely linked to the interactions between rainfall and seawater intrusions. The decrease in soil conductivity has been more gradual here than in the regions affected by the tsunami following the earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Sumatra on December 26th, 2004, and in our study area it has not yet decreased to a level that would allow the resumption of rice farming. It is proposed that this difference is a result of the subsidence in Iwate Prefecture.
East Japan Great Earthquake, Subsidence, Rice Field, Hydrological Elements, Electrical Conductivity
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Yoshiko Muto, Eiichi Kurashima, Kiyohito Yamamoto, Koji Harashina, Monitoring Soil and Underground Water EC in a Rice Field Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016, pp. 31-38. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.20160401.16
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