Radiation hotspot found in Tokyo

2011-10-12 20:48

Takyo - Japanese officials have found a small area in Tokyo with higher levels of radiation than evacuation zones around the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Tokyo's Setagaya city's mayor says concerned parents monitoring for radiation asked them to conduct further tests on a roadside spot near a kindergarten. Its radioactivity slightly exceeded that of an area about 40km from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

Mayor Nobuto Hosakai says the cause is being investigated. He says rainwater containing radioactive particles had been dripping from the roof of a building by the side walk.

Officials said on Wednesday that an estimated annual exposure at the spot wouldn't pose a health danger. They say the area has been closed off and city officials will also survey nearly 260 parks.

  • Badballie - 2011-10-13 10:50

    Japanese officials need to come clean and tell the truth; [A] study [by University of Texas engineering professor Steven Biegalski and researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory] reports that more radioxenon was released from the Fukushima facilities than in the 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania and in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster. Most of Japan is a radioactive hot spot, including the fishing water off their coasts, Chernobyl had a direct effect on the health of in the region of 290 000 people and they had the area evacuated in less than 10 days, Also you cannot buy a Geiger counter in Japan anymore, only the "new" devices which do not show the correct radiation levels.

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