Japan Triples Airborne Radiation Checks as ‘Hot Spots’ Spread, Bloomberg by Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada, August 24, 2011:
[...] Officials on Aug. 12 found compost in a kindergarten yard in Tokamachi city, Niigata prefecture containing radioactive cesium measuring 27,000 becquerels per kilogram, Kenichiro Kasuga, an official at the city’s disaster prevention department, said by phone. [...]
“We still don’t know why this level of cesium was found in the compost,” Kasuga said.
The hotspots in Niigata were likely caused by wind blowing northwest towards the prefecture in the days following the Fukushima accident, Kinki University’s Ito said.
The government will begin monitoring radiation levels in 16 prefectures from Aomori, in the far north of the main island of Honshu, to Aichi in central Japan 460 kilometers (290 miles) from the plant by the end of October, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said in a statement on its website yesterday. [...]
Published: August 24th, 2011 at 1:23 pm ET
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- Cesium contamination stretches to Japan’s west coast — Asahi: Over 30,000 Bq/m² in Nagano, 250 km from meltdowns (MAP) September 28, 2011
- Japan Times: “Dangerously high levels” of radiation detected in rice from Date — 60 km from Fukushima meltdowns November 29, 2011
- Mainichi: Highest radiation level yet — 37 times gov’t limit detected in river trout caught 40km from meltdowns March 30, 2012
- Researcher too frightened to get closer than 100 km from meltdowns after seeing radiation levels — “I’ve been quite shocked by the amount” (VIDEO) August 23, 2011