Rising radioactive cesium levels detected in Fukushima child’s urine, Mainichi, September 8, 2011:
Increased radioactive cesium levels were detected in a urine sample taken from a child who continued to live in Fukushima Prefecture after the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a citizens group has announced.
On Sept. 7, Fukushima Rokyu Genpatsu o Kangaeru Kai (An association for a study of the aging nuclear power plants in Fukushima) released the results of urine tests on 10 people aged between 6 and 16 who lived in the city of Fukushima at the beginning of the nuclear disaster in March. At the time of the first round of testing on May 20-22, all 10 children were living in Fukushima Prefecture, while at the time of the second round conducted July 22 through 26, nine had evacuated to other parts of Japan.
Results showed cesium levels in the nine children who had left the prefecture had dropped by roughly 20 to 70 percent in the some two months between the tests. Radioactive cesium 137 levels in the one child who had remained in the city of Fukushima, however, had spiked by 11.5 percent as of the July tests. [...]
Published: September 9th, 2011 at 7:23 am ET