High levels of radiation detected in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radiation of up to 2.7 microsieverts per hour has been detected in part of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, local officials said Wednesday, asking residents to stay away from an affected area where the amount was much higher than those in its vicinity.
The high level of radiation was spotted on a part of the municipal road walkway in a residential area of Tsurumaki in the ward, some 230 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The figure was higher than 2.17 microsieverts per hour measured Wednesday at the village office in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, located 45 km from the Fukushima plant and designated as the government-set evacuation zone due to relatively high radiation despite being out of the no-go zone within a 20-km radius, according to a central government data.
The ward measured radiation at the spot on Oct. 4 after being alerted by a resident and decontaminated the area, but the radiation amount barely changed when it measured again last Thursday, the officials said.
As it falls on an elementary school zone, with a kindergarten and nursery school located nearby as well, the ward will promptly work out effective methods to decontaminate, they said.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
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