Asahi: Many Fukushima evacuees living at infamous apartment building built from radioactive materials

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 9:15 am ET
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Title: Evacuees may move due to radioactive concrete
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: January 16, 2012

Concrete with high radiation levels was likely used for the foundation of an apartment building in Fukushima Prefecture, forcing the builder to find new homes for some of the tenants, which include many evacuees from the nuclear accident. [...] 

“We cannot move immediately,” said a 63-year-old woman who lives on the second floor of the apartment building in Nihonmatsu with her husband and two grandchildren. “I wonder whether radioactive materials can be removed.” [...]

The three-story apartment building was completed in July. The woman moved in from Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, due to the nuclear accident.

Many others have also evacuated to the apartment building due to the accident. [...]

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Published: January 16th, 2012 at 9:15 am ET
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6 comments to Asahi: Many Fukushima evacuees living at infamous apartment building built from radioactive materials

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Trapped is right. Oh the horror! These people have no means to get out! 3/11 took away everything!


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  • What amounts of radiation are they exposed to?


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    • “However, he said annual radiation levels at the apartment building are below 20 millisieverts, standards used for issuing evacuation instructions. It is estimated that a person will be exposed to about 10 millisieverts over a year if he or she stays in a ground-floor unit for 24 hours a day. Radiation levels of 1.16 to 1.24 microsieverts per hour were detected at a height of 1 meter in a ground-floor unit, more than 0.7 to 1 microsievert outside the building. In second- and third-floor units, radiation levels ranged between 0.10 and 0.38 microsievert.”

      First; measuring radiation in the air reduces the radiation measurement by a factor of up to ten or more. So the REAL radiation measurement is much higher than what they say here. In other words, if kids are playing and sleeping on the FLOOR, where the radiation is highest, they are getting a HUGE dose of radiation.

      Anyone feel like estimating what the reading would be if the Geiger Counter were to touch the concrete? And then what that would translate into int terms of radiation exposure compared to Chernobyl victims in evacuation zones?

      This is another example of how to minimize something and make it look a lot better than it actually is.

      The scary thing about this is that MANY BUILDINGS were constructed this same way with the same material, all new ones.

      What a waste.. what a tragic horror story.


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Remember the push cart owner in Tunisia who set himself on fire and started revolutions that have moved throughout the Arab world? When people have had enough it will just take one last thing for them to say they have had enough. When will the time come for the Japanese to hit the streets and demand their rights to not be irradiated?


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