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


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. […]

Context via Kyodo

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

Published: August 20th, 2011 at 6:17 am ET


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

  • maaa

    So its actually around 2sv (229 x 10) if you consider the fact that the Japanese government likes to downplay the figures. Wait was it 100 times or 1000 times lower than the actual figures?

    • Fall out man!

      Correct Maaa. The standard at Chernobyl was to divide by 5 before releasing radiation figures, but early on in the Fukushima crisis it appears that Tepco and the Japanese government decided to “push the boat out” and divide all radiation figures by at least 10 or even 1000 before telling people what they were. So that figure can be treated as a minimum. A bare minimum. At least the Russian figures followed a consistent pattern. The Soviet Union was surprisingly more honest and open about Chernobyl than the corporate captured west were, and took more measures to protect their citizens than Japan has. (More stringent and faster evacuation)

      Remember, that figure is for one spot in one town. But wow, what a hot spot! Whether the hottest spots even get reported is really an unknown. After all, in the USA when things looked too bad, the EPA just stopped reporting figures for a while. Anything they don’t like the look of can simply be removed as an “outlier” or a “suspect data point”.

      But 229 mS per year is outrageous. Rule of thumb is 1 sievert (that’s 1,000 ms) of exposure and a person will have a 50/50 chance of dying fairly quickly. Even if a person survived, their health would be destroyed. If one stayed in that spot for approximately 4 to 5 years (unlikely as one would be very sick doing that), then one could expect to die. If any spot around the town is that hot, it looks like the town will be a write off forever.

    • Darth

      Last lie they were caught in had the cheat factor at 50,000 times less.

  • Sickputer

    Japanese government: “Over a period of 229 years the radiation levels for an individual falls within normal range”

    The same song that never ends…

    My name is Yon Yonson, I work in Wisconsin, I work in
    a lumbermill there. The people I meet when I walk down
    the street, They say, ‘What is your name?’ And I say
    ‘My name is Yon Yonson, I work in Wisconsin.”

    — Slaughter-House Five

  • Sickputer

    And a disclaimer for our gullible shills and noviates… The previous quote of the Japanese government was a JOKE! Get it? Most people here will.

    I don’t want to be accused of disinformation… I could never approach the skills of the politicians.

  • bmurr bmurr

    It will happen hear, and this is exactly how it will be handled in the US when it does. Our government is either completely ignorant, or they are evil. Perhaps a little bit of both?

    • bmurr bmurr

      Here not hear :-$

    • Whoopie Whoopie


    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      I say EVIL.The fact that the first US response.. was to send in the State Dept..that evil witch Hillary..the military and Israel to do security..kinda let’s them out of the ignorant bit.
      The blackout is well orchestrated and fairly complete.
      We are not being told the truth now..unless there is a change of goveernment in this country..
      We will never find out the amount of radiation we are taking.
      We were not told the truth about Los Alamos and are not being told the truth about Ft.Calhoun and Cooper.
      The fact they have sent the workers back in …doesn’t mean much.
      People in this country willing to lie to keep their jobs.
      FEMA is full of them,NOAA, the EPA..the list goes on and on.
      They are going to let their fellow Americans die for their crumby jobs.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Watch Dutch’s new one. Talk about SCARY!

      • lam335 lam335

        Re: “We are not being told the truth now..unless there is a change of goveernment in this country.”

        Not sure whether you mean a change of administration or a change of our entire gov. structure/Constitution, etc. With regard to the former, there is no prospect of a meaningful change because, as far as I can tell, every candidate for president this time around supports nuclear power–Obama is of course completely in bed with the nuclear industry, but every Republican candidate who might challenge him also supports it. And of course the odds of a Democratic challenge to BO are also probably zero.

        California politician Jesse M. Unruh once said “Money is the mother’s milk of politics”–today, that milk contains more than trace amounts of the nuclear industry’s influence–far beyond any levels that might be considered acceptable or safe for the public. Sadly, the concern about carbon-emissions has led many to buy into the claim that nuclear energy is “clean” and “safe”–even as its supporters turn a willfully blind eye to the unprecedented environmental threat posed by the vast amounts of nuclear waste that they have no idea what to do with.

        There must be some kind of governmental reforms that could help pull power away from the nuke lobby (and other entrenched interests) and give a meaningful voice back to the people. Perhaps public financing of election campaigns would be a start?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Dutchsinse has a new one up:
    8/20/2011 — Fukushima radioactiv­e seawater plume = spreading across entire Pacific Ocean
    I predict early next year we’ll be COVERED WITH THE STUFF. Not good…in fact it’s bad.

  • http://theintelhub.com/2011/08/18/china-finds-100000-sq-miles-of-radiation-in-pacific-ocean-up-300-times-higher-than-normal/

    [b]China Finds 100,000 SQ Miles of Radiation In Pacific Ocean 300 Times Higher Than Normal

    By Alexander Higgins – Contributing Writer
    August 18, 2011
    China has reported that the radioactive contamination in the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is far wider than the areas released by the Japanese government.
    China has discovered 100,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean waters, at distances up to 800 kilometers from Fukushima, with Cesium radiation levels up to 300 times normal and Strontium radiation levels up to 100 times normal.
    China says a study conducted by its State Oceanic Administration has found widespread levels of highly radioactive contamination throughout Pacific Ocean.
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    China’s State Oceanic Administration said the tests show that the polluted area is far wider than the areas released by the Japanese government.
    According to the study, the radiation survey found that over 252,000 kilometers, or just shy of 100,000 square mile,s of Pacific ocean waters was contaminated by the time the study was completed on July 4th.
    The study found that the radiation has spread to distances up to 800 kilometers from the coast of the Fukushima prefecture.
    According to the article, cesium radiation was found at levels up to 300 times higher than concentration levels detected in water off the coast of China.
    The study also found Strontium-90 radiation levels up to 100 times higher than those found in Chinese waters.
    The report quotes China’s Ocean Administration as saying “”One cannot rule out the possibility that radioactive contaminants have entered waters under China’s jurisdiction.”
    China’s Department of Environmental Protection also warned “Cesium-137 and strontium-90 both have half-lives of about 30 years, making it more likely they will eventually enter the food chain and affect the health of consumers.”
    Chinese officials further stated they will gradually make the test results public and plan to implement a program in attempt to forecast the spread of the radiation throughout the Pacific.
    The results appear to validate an earlier simulation of the spread of radiation released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant through the Pacific.

    How 3 million gallons of radioactive water dumped into the sea will spread through the Pacific Ocean…

    Nuclear contamination threatens seawaters – Chinese Government’s Official Web Portal – Tuesday, August 16, 2011
    China: Radioactive contamination spreads far beyond Japan’s claims in Pacific waters – The Asahi Shimbun – Tuesday, August 16, 2011
    China says Japanese N-plant leak contaminated its sea waters – The Economic Times – Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Suggest Pin Quote [+]

    Conditions favorable for a “Katrina” type “Typhoon” to make landfall over several major cities in Japan.
    Sat Loop:
    [link to tropic.ssec.wisc.edu]

    Weather Channel Trop update guy just showed NASA Satallite image showing a “Snow Storm” inside the Typhoon. Oh My..
    Like in the movie (Day after Tomorrow) – a storm “center” that is frozen cold core instead of a Tropical “warm core”

    Like Science Fiction…. borderline un-thinkable.
    Who is controlling all these weather patterns
    God? Terrorists with joy sticks? WTF??

    Some models forecast at least Cat 3 type storm – covering large area of Japan – coastline/inland locations

    Storm Tracking info (for Japan)
    [link to http://www.jma.go.jp]

    • bigisland bigisland

      Does anyone know the Name of the snow-filled Typhoon or tracking #?

      • bigisland bigisland

        I google “snow filled typhoon japan” and find postings from July 15th. Back in July there had been Typhoon Ma-on (Ineng) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Ma-on_(2011)

        Need something more relevant.

        or this:

        Tropical Depression
        Tropical depression (JMA)
        Duration August 20 – Still active
        Intensity 55 km/h (35 mph) (10-min) 1008 mbar (hPa; 29.77 inHg)
        On August 20, the JMA reported that a tropical depression formed southeast of the Bonin Islands.[99]

        found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Pacific_typhoon_season

        Diligently searching and not finding anymore. Anyone know more please?

        • bigisland bigisland

          Dear xdrfox
          When I go to the right hand and click on Warnings/Advisories such as Weather (heavy rain, dense fog, and ground-loosening for Fukushima area), Marine (Near gale green color coded indication), and Tropcal Cyclone Info(reads: “Currently, there is no tropical cyclone or Tropical Storm (TS) intensity or higher”)

          I am really NOT finding anything there to indicate any typhoon or “snow-filled” typhoon. I live in the Pacific Ring of Fire, so any West or especially East Pacific (Hawaii island chain) tropical storms and hurricanes I love to be in the know about such as tracking #’s and names. Hurricane Fernado here downgraded to Tropical Storm and then dispersed this weekend here. Mahalos

    By XXXEVILGRINXXX | Published: AUGUST 19, 2011
    Radioactive sulfur over California shows exactly how bad the Fukushima radiation leak was:

    When emergency technicians in Fukushima attempted to cool the overheating reactor with seawater, they didn’t realize they’d be enabling a set of incredibly accurate calculations that would allow researchers half a world away to calculate how bad the leak had been, and where it was going in the environment. When the seawater hit the reactor, the leaking neutrons pinged off a proton from the chlorine in the liquid, transforming it into 35S, a radioactive isotope of sulfur. Vaporizing from the heat, it was then vented, and formed sulfur dioxide and sulfate particles, and was blown across the ocean to San Diego, where it was detected byUCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The researchers there were able to use some pretty hefty mathematics to figure out just how much energy was leaking. “You know how much seawater they used, how far neutrons will penetrate into the seawater and the size of the chloride ion. From that you can calculate how many neutrons must have reacted with chlorine to make radioactive sulfur,” said researcher Antra Priyadarshi. While the radiation levels in California were far too low to be of any concern to humans, back in Fukushima they were 365 times higher than normal — 400 billion neutrons were released per square meter surface of the cooling pools. Since these radioactive isotopes can be used as markers, the researchers also hope they can use them to trace the labeled sulfur through the ecology of Japan, to understand how the radiation will spread and effect the environment.

  • jec jec

    Check out the radiation information posted on radiation results in Japan. Good site:

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Poster brings this LINK so we can kinda compare (Fukashima CURRENTLY and Chern.)
    Chernobyl had a spot of recritical­ity undergroun­d several years after the accident. Interestin­g as all heck.

  • I love all these links. Ty TY to all the posters here for keeping this up.
    How long before the rest of the world knows??
    So many people tell me that nothing is going on and if it was, the media would tell them….

    • Rosie

      That’s my constant question too…..hard to deal with when noone else knows. I just dont understand how it can be covered up for so long. I understand why it’s being covered up but how can they gag every single reporter out there? I can’t imagine they’ll be able to for much longer as it’s too big and too horrific.

      • Rosie

        I’ve just answered my own question….I have to have conversations with myself as noone else wants to know. Of course they’re not gagging every reporter…..it’s relatively easy for the MSMs to keep it off the front pages. I can see that.

      • arclight arclight

        so is the situation in belarus/ukraine and they managed to largely hush that up….all those powerful documentaries, 20 years of independant study… quite a job really…. this time though we have the internet!! big up enenews @admin !

    • theypoisonus


      The rest of the world pretty much knows I think. Exports have been siezed in numerous ports.

      The US is terribly linked to Japan and UK. The US has to support Japan. We have few allies left. 🙁
      Even at the risk of the people in the US, they don’t care about us, it is all about the all mighty dollar to them.

  • shaktasna999

    Tacomagroove did you send the snow-filled typhoon to Mike at whatreallyhappened.com?


    He needs to have that one.

    • theypoisonus

      I have his email and we converse on issues upon rare occassions.

      I will see he gets it, if Tacoma does not.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So much talk about..air contamination…it’s also in the water..
    I don’t think Australia and NZ are safe bets at all.

    • We saw a citizen post here about a week ago where radiation was being found in Australia over a week of reports !

      Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

      Federal Government agency charged with protecting the health and safety of people, and the environment, from the harmful effects of radiation.

      Australian Radiation Services

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      Provides a national resource of expert advice, service provision and research capability on matters concerning public, occupational and medical exposure to …

      New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board

      The Medical Radiation Technologists Board (the Board) is one of sixteen New Zealand health registration authorities appointed by the Minister under the …

  • Estimated yearly radiation dosage hits 508 mSv in town near nuke plant

    High radiation levels of up to 508.1 millisieverts per year are estimated for areas within a 20-kilometer radius of the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power plant in figures released by the government on Aug. 19.

    The figures, released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, are the first publicly released estimate of the yearly accumulated radiation dosage in …


  • theypoisonus

    If you don’t have an open mind concerning HAARP and think it ‘discredits’ this site by posting ANYTHING concerning it, then please skroll on by.

    This is a video that Dutch has up from a day or so ago. The man is a Finish ex-30 yr. nuclear worker, turned activist and whistleblower.

    He has a THEORY, and it is disclaimed as such.
    Personally, I don’t see why there would be the expense, if these things were not used for some reason. Their existance is evident as they are clearly there on the ‘official’ websites.

    Even if you don’t believe in the HAARP issue , their existance, their usage, etc. the video has other credibility. He goes into, early on about producing Uranium and the ramifications of that and how they had to alter the ‘smoke stacks’ in Japan due to the increased need for Uranium way before Fuki even happened, releasing added radiation into the atmosphere.

    I found at very least that part to be very informative. Translated from the original Finish 2 video interview.


    • Darth

      Anybody that would believe what is in this video has no background in science.

      Try this proven correlation of facts with what happened at Fukushima.

      Multi-Parameter Precursors


      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        This is published by LaRouche Political Action committee
        It just predicts earthquakes and disaster response. It doesn’t talk about causes. I’m not postulating the cause of the earthquake in Virginia. I’m just answering your assertion that HAARP is for the unscientific. On the contrary, it is very scientific.

        The real point here is that nuclear power plants are unsafe especially when they are over 20 to 30 years old, and when built on a fault. The Lake Anna plant was only purported to be built to sustain a 6.9 earthquake. 40 years later is it even more prone to suffer earthquake damage.

        The other point is that is never should be allowed to operate when anyone lives closer than 50 miles from the plant.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Great interview….
    I can talk HAARP day and night.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The conspiracy is on their end folks…not ours.

  • theypoisonus


    Me too, I started reading about Nikola Tesla over 2 years ago. That is when I first read about HAARP. He started in NY with a pocket sized one and nearly brought down a 12 story steel building scaring the workers 1/2 to death.

    He continued further with it when he moved out of NY to ( i think ) Colorado.

    BTW 7.5 Quake in W. Pacific Tsunami warning out for numerous places including Japan.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Over NYC..
    yep..and some day…maybe a real conversation can get started.
    HAARP what a bunch off losers.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Tesla..rare genius…poor guy…

  • theypoisonus

    Americans grew up thinking ( and most still do) that Edison did all these inovative things.

    Edison was a pure capitalist. He had so many people working for him, including Tesla when he first came to the US, and he got all the credit.

    Tesla is revered in Canada, due to the Hydro-Electric Dam at Niagra Falls. There is a Tesla Museum and numerous startues of him there. I would love to see them in person. I still read about him from time to time.
    His whole life was so fascinating. His mother was an inventor also.

    Know what you mean at the end. He lived on crackers and milk protecting a Huge safe and a long row of filing cabinets in a seedy old hotel in NY. He had no interest in financial gain.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I despise the folks that spray the stuff.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..I repeat..the military..would not have the patent and not use it…for HARM.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They need to be hung from a tall, tall tree and left to blow in the radiated chem filled air.

  • theypoisonus

    I’ll go look, but I just found this.
    Russia’s HAARP is prettier than the one the US has in Alaska. LOL


    Looks more advanced also, I might add. No wires everywhere like the AK. one.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    lol..most of the so-called civilized countries have a hand in this…..

  • shaktasna999

    This is in Singapore(Its OT) but can someone tell me what sort of filming does this