Friday, June 10, 2011

WTH: Some hotspots outside the EZ are reading 45 microSievert per hour

This aside from alarming levels registered elsewhere, including parks and already 'decontaminated' areas

"Naidoo's team of radiology experts found hot spots that had a maximum hourly reading of 45 microsieverts of radiation alongside a school zone.

While the area likely had high levels of radiation as a result of the landscape or other natural conditions, Naidoo insisted the central government should conduct thorough checks and provide accurate and fast information to local residents.

"Enough lives have been lost already" due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and it is not justifiable for the government to neglect the health risks of high radiation in Fukushima, he told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan."

Read the rest at the Japan Times Online

Edit: I once pointed out here that to make a comprehensive risk assessment, the Japanese government needed to obtain and publicly share dose rate measurements that are not just in-air, but at closer distances to the ground. Enter this recent personal video which clearly demonstrates a huge disparity in readings  (.10 vs 5.77 microSv/hr).

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