Oct. 23 — According to Kyodo, the “Kashiwa hot spot [is] linked to Fukushima” and Japan’s Science Ministry “reverses government claims after [an] on-site survey finds high amounts of cesium.”
When the local government received a report about the 57.7 microsieverts per hour measurement at the site, it said the radiation was unlikely to be related to the Fukushima disaster.
However, “On Sunday, the science ministry and the city government [...] said it is highly likely that rain tainted with fallout from the Fukushima plant was running into nearby soil,” reports Kyodo.
“The ministry has confirmed that rain water is leaching out of the ditch and into the soil at the spot, ministry officials said at a new conference Sunday,” the article notes.
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Background information on the 57.7 microsieverts in Kashiwa, 18 miles northeast of Tokyo:
- NHK reports 57.5 microsieverts per hour detected just 25 km from Tokyo — But is it from Fukushima meltdowns?
- WSJ on detection of 57.5 microsieverts near Tokyo: Investigators unable to dig more than a foot deep — Lot previously a dormitory
- Local Gov’t: 276,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium from soil sample near Tokyo, in Kashiwa — Almost 18 Million Bq/m²
Published: October 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am ET