Gov’t confirms 57.7 microsievert/hr near Tokyo is linked to Fukushima meltdowns — “Highly likely” it came from rain tainted with radioactive fallout

Published: October 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am ET


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.

Read More: Kashiwa hot spot linked to Fukushima

Background information on the 57.7 microsieverts in Kashiwa, 18 miles northeast of Tokyo:

  • [intlink id=”strange-nhk-reports-575-microsieverts-hour-detected-25-km-tokyo-fukushima-meltdowns” type=”post”]NHK reports 57.5 microsieverts per hour detected just 25 km from Tokyo — But is it from Fukushima meltdowns?[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”wsj-on-detection-of-57-5-microsieverts-near-tokyo-investigators-unable-to-dig-more-than-a-foot-deep-lot-previously-a-dormitory” type=”post”]WSJ on detection of 57.5 microsieverts near Tokyo: Investigators unable to dig more than a foot deep — Lot previously a dormitory[/intlink]
  • [intlink id=”local-govt-276000-bqkg-in-soil-sample-near-tokyo-in-kashiwa-almost-18-million-bqm%c2%b2″ type=”post”]Local Gov’t: 276,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium from soil sample near Tokyo, in Kashiwa — Almost 18 Million Bq/m²[/intlink]
Published: October 23rd, 2011 at 9:15 am ET


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78 comments to Gov’t confirms 57.7 microsievert/hr near Tokyo is linked to Fukushima meltdowns — “Highly likely” it came from rain tainted with radioactive fallout

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    We are utterly stunned that the radiation at this site is from a triple melt out nuclear meltdown and not from radium bottles. Acceptable government levels of radiation have now been raised to .02 kSv/year, and so this site is declared perfectly safe.

    • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

      Don’t fall into that ditch!

      “Rain water is leaching out of the ditch and into the soil”

      As if the rain didn’t fall all over the place and as if the water in the ditch didn’t continue its flow further down. Next week they will be surprised again when someone measures the next hot-spot further down the ditch’s path. Of course they all hope that this is an isolated event and that somehow the rainwater only ended up in that small spot.

      As a child I liked to play with rainwater in ditches, building small dams, playing with sticks as if they were small ships on a river. I just hope that the Japanese children are not allowed to do the the same.

  • Human0815

    This are indeed bad News,
    at first i hoped that there are other sources but
    they may run it through a Spectrograph Analyzer!

    But this so called “Mini-Hotspots” are afaik new
    and should be not there, damned F`Shima!

  • Dr. McCoy

    Attention Tokyo: It is time to leave.

    I have an extra room here in Southern California.

    Save the children!

    • Human0815

      @ Dr. Mc Coy
      please check your Radiation Level first before you lead People from the worst into a Nightmare!

      But i understand your offer and many People here
      are so surprised about all the good advice/ wishes
      and offers, in the name of this People i will say Domo Arigato!

      • Dr. McCoy

        @Human0815, I understand. Everyday I ponder our exposure rate here, but our worst day must be better than the radioactive nightmare that is daily existance on the island of Honshu.

        It is time for the world to rise up to save the children of the late country of Japan. I propose an immediate international Baby Lift. This has gone on long enough. They’re just innocent kids and deserve so much better.

        Hang the criminals, but save the children, if it’s not too late already.

        • Human0815

          @ Dr. McCoy,

          i still believe that it is enough to bring the Babies, Kids and everyone who want to re-produce ca. 350Km away and to increase the Food-Check Up for 1500%!

          To keep the Children so close is unforgivable,
          and i cant understand the Teacher to keep the new Schoolyear running, as well i dont understand the People who are working inside of this Plant to have/ keep their Family surround them, they should know it better!

          • Daruma

            I am agree with Human0815, Eastern Japan is very dangerous zone but although there is precaution to take it is safer for Japanese people who wants to stay in Japan to live in western Japan, okinawa to Kansai. Evacuation is the best solution but it gets really terrible side effect too, such as sacrifices most people won’t be ready to do so. That’s why i think it is better for those who want to stay to go Western Japan, but they should take a lot of precautions too, taking care about weather, wind directions, and monitoring foods. I won’t say western Japan is 100% safe, as california isn’t too, but i think it is livable if they take enough care about foods and health..; more and more high quality medical labs should be installed in western Japan

          • Dr. McCoy

            If Japan were, say 5000 miles wider, I’d agree that there could be a “semi” safe area to move people. But Japan is small, packed and irradiated.

            Sadly, it is time to leave. Game over.

            Don’t let your government fool you any longer!


          • Japan is roughly the size and shape of California, not to many places to run/hide !

        • Daruma

          (sorry for double post) the main problem is Japan is a too small country and now it’s even worse, so i think there should be given some visa for those who want to go abroad and take care of new and good relocation for those who wants to stay. This is a real difficult situation more than just evacuation

        • beamofthewave

          I agree, i live in Oregon and I have two extra bedrooms and if anyone wants to come they are more than welcome. Oregon was hit too but I also agree that any day here is better than close to those reactors. Please come!

          • Daruma

            Fact is most of datas we have are only focused on the on going disaster’s situation in Eastern Japan, very few about western part of Japan, yeah Japan is small and really packed that’s why i said evacuation would be a tough things, and that’s also why i pointed out the fact we could relocate everyone in western Japan will be practically impossible because the archipelago is too small and japanese people are well aware of it. So best can do is to give visa for those who want to go out and relocate those who want to stay in western Japan, i never said western japan was 100% safe but it is safer and better to live there than is eastern Japan. eastern japan is a wide area, it covers a big part of chubu area (especially koshin’etsu area), the whole kantô and tôhoku, those are the most affected area, a close monitoring should be made in western Japan too before jumping on any conclusion, although i do think situation is less serious in western Japan and is (at least for the moment) a safer place to live in Japan, although i don’t make any utopia, i do know fallout went in western parts too and they will face lot of problems in the future, like everyone living in this world

          • alasanon

            Yes, or come out East. We’re dying a little more slowly, but we can be as generous as West Coasters! 🙂

            They do desperately need a Baby Lift out of Japan!!!
            Those Japanese babies are SO cute & adorable, too.
            It bothers me when people do nothing to save themselves from certain calamity. And Japan is our ally!! I’ve loved my Japanese cars over the past 15 years. They’ve saved my life many times. I really owe one to Japan…I think many of us around the world do.

            I listened to the latest from Leuren Moret on YouTube…yikes. Yet, it’s great to hear a thinking scientist with some foresight. She really gets into the data when all the media won’t touch the meaning of a triple nuclear meltdown!-?

          • I have 2 rooms too, 1 is small, still waiting for some good people to take me up on my offer, please bring your children to safety !

          • Annual support event for refugees in Tokyo

            About 1,000 people enjoyed an annual event in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, to support refugees living in Japan.

            The Foundation for the Welfare and Education of the Asian People hosted the occasion on Sunday for people who have escaped from their own countries.

            People from Laos and Cambodia were awarded prizes for their determination to live in a totally different cultural and social environment.

            Refugees from …


  • Daruma
    there is what could be the origin of the radioactive hot spot found in Kashiwa, it is something way more darker than just fallout in rain..

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Why am I still surprised. Stupid me.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Holy!!!! This is from your posted link: **What does “52,547 Bq/Kg” mean?

      In Chernobyl, Soviet union set the mandatory evacuation area where they measured 1,480,000 Bq/SQUARE METER.

      However still it was not enough to save people, Belarus government made their original standard to set the mandatory evacuation area where they measured 555,000 Bq/m2.

      As a result, 110,000 people evacuated but still they suffer from severe health problems.

      52,547 Bq/Kg equals to 3,400,000 Bq/m2, which is more than double as Soviet’s standard.

      There may are more places where the governments secretly abandoned radioactive wastes in the city.

      Bright future is promised for us.**

      • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

        This is all soooo sad…I wish there is more I could do to help, but I don’t have space to house anyone. I think of the place I moved from, a huge mansion with plenty of space, but it has a purpose already.

        And I still don’t know how bad this area is when it comes to fallout…better, I’m sure, but the radiation is definitely here.

      • shusse

        “In Chernobyl, Soviet union set the mandatory evacuation area where they measured 1,480,000 Bq/SQUARE METER.” … “52,547 Bq/Kg equals to 3,400,000 Bq/m2, which is more than double as Soviet’s standard.”

        This is deceptive. The Soviet law defined evacuation standards in Curie per SQUARE KILOMETER.

        Sure, the 1,480,000 Bq/Square meter is a mathematically correct conversion. But if we convert to a square meter then the evacuation area is also reduced to that square meter. Just saying.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          So what is your point?

          • shusse

            Before we can conclude “ohmahgahd the whole place should be evacuated the hell outta there” based on the Soviet standard we need to calculate the contamination by the Soviet standard (which is on a per square kilometer basis).

            A square kilometer has a million square meters. So if you know your hospot is 20 square meters that still leaves 999980 square meters to average out the contamination per square kilometer before the Soviet rule kicks in.

  • When taken in moderation, a little green luminescence never hurt anyone…not any worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

    ….You wanna complain, live here in vancouver bc and watch the worst, most overpaid NHL goalkeeper of all time.

    So now Fukyoushima and Luongo are like two huge whammies against the Planet and Canada’s National sport.

    Party like its 1999 friends

    red red wine

  • StillJill StillJill

    Perhaps Helen Kubler Ross will need to add an eigth stage,….
    8) I don’t give a fuck. (Every man for himself).
    It’s shortly after #7-Acceptance!

    Oops,…think I’ll try getting up on the other side of the bed tomorrow.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      It’s OK Jill.

      We all have those days and it is therapeutic for you to vent your feelings among those of us who understand your frustration and anger with a system that no longer works for the people, rather it works only for the almighty god money.

      And yes, people do not care. That is the plan. To make people so apathetic and cynical that when you say nuklear disaster to them, they just yawn and turn on the football game uttering cursing narratives under the breath to you for trying to save their very lives.

      Hail money…never mind life.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hey James, I feel that, too. I guess the PR tools have learnt an awful lot from Fuku – I can imagine them holding a conference: “Look, we’ve learnt that a minority of people only pays attention for 3 months (the vast majority never cared). This means a temporarily increase of spin budget of x% to turn protests down, this poses no major threat to the business.
        Where’s my bonus?”

        It makes me sick. When the next reactor explodes, all shepple will be like “well, it was only one, while Fuku were three and we lived through that, so what’s the deal? Where’s the remote control.”

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Thkz 4 da laff, still jill!

  • selfsovereign

    Does anyone know what the tibetan swatzstika is doing all over a japanese map??

    Who knows what the japanese meaning of the swatzstika character is,please?

    • Daruma

      svastika isn’t just a tibetan symbol, it’s a really old symbol you find everywhere in asia and even in europe within some churches or synagogues and American and african culture too (it’s an old symbol from indo-european culture). In chinese buddhism svastika is used to represent the 10 thousands merits for entering the nirvana. In Japanese buddhism, such as Zen it is said to be the seal of the Buddha’s spirit. there is two svastika, one turning left, other turning right, the left one is called omote manji in japan it is associated with the buddha Amida, symbol of love and compassion. the right one is gyaku manji and it is associated with buddha Ashuku, symbol of energy and wisdom. Svastika appearing on japanese (and also taïwanese, korean and chinese map) are there for representing the buddhist temples on the map

      • selfsovereign

        Thankyou for the enlightenment

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Wow Daruma – thank you, I didn’t know that! To say it with Whoopie’s words: “I learn something NEW here every day! Wowzer!”
        lol 🙂

        • Daruma

          haha no problem anyone, you are all welcome ! Being passioned by japanese civilization and buddhism, i have some few knowledge about it Daruma itself is from buddhist origin, it comes from Bodhidharma, an indian monk who was the first to introduce buddhism (the famous chan buddhism which is more well known as his japanese name, zen buddhism, it appears in Japan during the 13th century by a famous monk Dôgen Zenshi, after he travelled a ot in china) in China and also the source of the foundation of Shaolinquan (the kung-fu from shaolin monastery). What is really ironic is that they gave buddhist “deities” name to some of their reactors, the famous MONJU reactor for example or the Fugen reactor both in fukui prefecture and terribly dangerous with their mox fuel. Monju and Fugen are both bodhisattva (it means someone who refuse the status of Buddha for helping anyone to entering in the truth (nirvana)), the first one is the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom and Fugen is the bodhisattva of wisdom too (often associated with Monju) as the patron of the Lotus sutra, he is particuliary popular within Japanese buddhism such Tendai school or Nichiren one (which the whole doctrine is based on the lotus sutra). Are they expecting these reactors to rise up to “satori” ? (enlightement) lol

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            Daruma. Thank you so much, and … may I add a little here:

            Are they expecting these reactors to rise up to “satori” ? (enlightement)

            The function of the bohdisattva, as I understand it, is to agree to stay here to guide others to the state of enlightenment, to Buddhahood. Indeed, this is incredibly significant.

            As noted elsewhere at enenews (in almost all of my posts), the taking of the power of atomic fission into our all too human hands requires that we match this god-like-power by evolving the moral, ethical, spiritual attainment of a god-like state of being.

            Therefore, I see the naming of these reactors after bohdisattvas as the metaphor for what evolution mandates humans must become to match this awesome physical power. Unless we attain the morality of gods, we cannot use the physical power of the gods which we have unleashed. The older consciousness only leads to destruction; the enlightened consciousness leads to understanding, compassion, and wise use of all of creation…

            The bohdisattvas remain to teach us, to help us learn how to live with this, do this, use this.

            May all beings find wisdom and happiness.

        • Finch Finch

          The people around Hitler were stupid enough to use the wheel wrong way round. The Swastika’s little crosses show the other way in ancient Hindu terms.

      • Dr. McCoy

        Despite its long history, am I the only one who feels that Hitler and his genocidal Nazi followers have perverted the swastika’s meaning for all time?

        Time for a new logo…

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Hey Doc, I thought the same at first. But after reading Daruma’s explanation of this ancient symbol, I think that its misuse by the Nazis should not be he reason to “re-brand” Buddhist temples (I don’t know how to express this properly, but hopefully you’ll get my point).

          I just think that more people should be educated about the true meaning and history of this symbol.

          • Daruma

            In a way, Dr. McCoy is right, Nazism perverted a lot this symbol in the mind of large population on this earth, Now it’s really difficult for people to assume this symbol as an old one and omnipresent in almost all the cultures on earth, on juridical terms i would say it is “tolerable” for people, (it means we know this symbol exist since old times and we won’t do anything against but someone’s better not to use this sign openly). It’s a really complicated polemical stuff, but in asia you can find this sign everywhere without shocking anyone. On the contrary, asian people from any countries claims proudly this symbol as part of their culture and it is not because some bunch of idiots just perverted this symbol we have to renounce to it. BreadAndButter is right it is time for people to learn more about this symbol and i do think they will be really surprised to know we can find this symbol everywhere even in some synagogues.. If i have to play with words, nazi svastika is bent over the left side, instead of normal svastika being straight.

          • Dr. McCoy

            I apreciate the sentiment but my Jewish brothers and sisters rightfully have a problem with it… Still too soon…?

          • Dr. McCoy

            By the way, I think that we all can agree that have bigger fish to fry right now…

            Peace & Love to all.

            The doctor is off to the beach. Cheers!

    • ?? does not look like a swastika (or i am totally blinded) looks more like the japan version of the intrnational sign for minig operations. looks like depots or storing groung for normal waste.

  • Daruma

    you are reffering to Aokigahara right ? It is well known forest in Japan, said to be a cursed one. Everyone entering in never went back. When japanese people are desperate and have some suicidal ideas, they went in for never coming back. Every japanese know this famous forest and it makes them shiver

  • wonderfull new story : all the new spots are condensed old spots and nothing new is coming from the plant. lets see if they try that way

  • fellfromthesun

    My guess on this one is someone was illegally dumping radioactive soil or incinerator ash at this spot. It’s worth noting that Kashiwa’s waste incinerator had to shut down due to a massive backlog of highly radioactive ash that piled up with no place to store it.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    We won’t have to cook a goose for the Holidays. Our Goose is already cooked.

    We are all in that big boiling pot together.

    Risk Was To Great

  • selfsovereign

    How much gamma/beta does it take to set off a geiger??
    This girls mom just had a PET scan and she sets off the warning alarm at 6 feet away from the geiger counter!

    nuclear medicine is insane!

  • StillJill StillJill

    + a kazillion, selfsovereign!

    My hair test showed more radiation than the Dr. had ever seen!
    I have had 12 Ct’s, 14 MRI’s, 7 gastric empty studies,…countless x-rays,…pet scans, and then on down the line. Arsenic and antimony levels off of the charts.

    We must at least TRY to put this unfriendly Genie,….back in the bottle, and beg for Mercy for ever opening ‘her’ up in the first place. He’s very forgiving.

    • Dr. McCoy

      StillJill, I am afraid that they shattered the bottle when they let the genie out.

      All the king’s horses and all the king’s men…

      Game over. Tilt.

      Live every moment as if it were precious, as indeed they are.

  • Hmm. Being a red-blooded human obviously has its disadvantages.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukishima threat-Not the Radiation

    Updated October 23, 2011 08:15:00

    When Mark Willacy ventures into the Fukishima no-go zone, it’s not the radiation he’s worried about.
    Mark Willacy

    Source: Correspondents Report | Duration: 5min 10sec

  • StillJill StillJill

    Anthony,…Thank you! This “threat NOT the radiation” is EXACTLY what I saw in the female zombie! Holy God,…..what happens when they’re off the chain? Don’t answer that.

    You know, when I first came to enenews,…there was a poster who ALWAYS said,…”Buy Ammo”. I’m sure you old timers know who I mean. The thought of, “Kill, or BE KILLED”,…is the only issue I am now grappling with.

  • Anthony Anthony

    What are officials hiding about Fukushima?
    Posted by: joan.Russow on Saturday, October 22, 2011 – 09:16 AM

    Peace News

    What are officials hiding about Fukushima?

    The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has exposed
    troubling weaknesses with radiation monitoring here in Alex Roslin, The Georgia Straight, October 20, 2011

    After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, Soviet officials were vilified for hiding the impacts from the public.But when Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident took place last March, public officials in Japan and Canada alike jumped straight into Chernobyl-style damage-control mode, dismissing any worries about impacts.

    Have there already been health impacts from Fukushima? It’s much too early to say. B.C. infant-mortality statistics don’t show any rise in deaths after Fukushima.

    On the other hand, there is a statistically significant 33-percent correlation between infant deaths in Seattle so far this year and levels of iodine-131 detected in rainwater at the U.S. government monitoring station in nearby Olympia, Washington. (Radioactive iodine was detected over a period of five weeks in the rainwater in Olympia, so for calculation purposes, it was assumed that the level of iodine was zero the rest of the year.)

    The correlation is only moderate and could still just be a coincidence. But it does suggest a need for more monitoring of health impacts. Unfortunately, the poor Canadian government data on radiation in rainwater here makes it impossible to see if such a correlation exists in Canada.

    And with the lackadaisical attitude of public officials in Canada, we have to wonder if they will bother to study longer-term health impacts. Canada’s lack of monitoring isn’t all that surprising when you consider that it is a major exporter of nuclear technology and uranium. But it

  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukushima Nuclear Denial Campaign
    Posted by: Dragonslayer on Saturday, September 03, 2011 – 10:19 PM

    Earth News
    So How do you like it in the nuclear rain? Check out this video about Japan’s nuclear denial campaign.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Citizens’ forum queries nuclear ‘experts’

    Staff writer

    To whom does scientific debate belong?

  • Ministry of Education’s Quick Learning Curve on Kashiwa’s Radioactive Dirt

    First it was “it cannot be from Fukushima I Nuke Plant” when the radiation measured was 57.5 microsieverts/hour.

    Then it was “it may be from Fukushima I Nuke Plant, and it may not be” when the density turned out to be 276,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium. But since the density was very high, the suspicion was voiced all around (including me) that someone secretly dumped the radioactive sludge or dirt, possibly from cleaning out his yard, onto that location.

    The Ministry’s current position: “It is highly likely that radioactive cesium is from Fukushima I Nuke Plant …

    • pure water

      This is an old dirty trick of releasing contradicting information. The aim is to make people reject easily everything and get confused about the truth. Well, it does not work with everyone! Some people do fine with a lot of contradictions and are able to dig out the facts from a pile of garbage statements and doubted measures. Congratulations!

  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    tepcos arrogance and greed kill japan
    and more ,the ask is what more?
    JP R.I.P.

  • ocifferdave

    Did you hear of this book about the Fukushima Disaster?

  • Toadmac

    I made a new time lapse video on decay rate (radon?) during a thunder storm.

    I did this during a thunder storm in Melbourne. Not high readings like in late September but it is what I have been considering normal during a thunder storm. Why were they so high late September with a longer decay rate?? It gives you an idea of why I was so concerned around then compared to all the other readings I have collected since owning my counter.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Thanks Toadmac. Hey you guys want to Go Down The Rabbit Hole? My mind is STILL reeling after reading this Jim Stone piece:
    Basically the spent fuel we are sitting on was and is a deliberate MOVE. He concludes with this:
    “WHY would the Fed want so much nuclear material sitting around the country, only to become a menace? Could it be that we do not have a government, and instead have a band of usurpers in power who have intentionally set us up for a fall?