229 millisieverts/year of cumulative radiation in town outside exclusion zone — Exposure limit for ordinary people is 1 millisievert/year

Published: August 20th, 2011 at 6:17 am ET
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Map shows spot with high level of radiation near Fukushima plant, Kyodo, August 20, 2011:

[...] In giving specific estimates for 50 locations in the no-entry zone for the first time, [Japan's science] ministry said cumulative radiation of 278 millisieverts was estimated for a location in the town of Okuma, 3 kilometers southwest of the troubled plant. [...]

Outside the exclusion zone, cumulative radiation in the town of Namie, 22 km northwest of the plant, was estimated at 115 millisieverts over the five-month period, the highest among locations outside the zone and equivalent to 229 millisieverts over a 12-month period. [...]

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The annual radiation exposure limit for ordinary people is 1 millisievert.

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