2nd bottle found underground in Tokyo radiation case, Kyodo, Nov. 15, 2011:
A bottle believed to have contained radium was found underground near a supermarket in Tokyo’s Setagawa Ward on Tuesday [...]
An official of the ward office said the substance inside the bottle was highly likely to be radium 226. The bottle was found in underground soil at a spot where the reading of radiation reached 170 microsieverts per hour. [...]
Earlier this month the other bottle also believed to have contained radium was picked up from underground soil at the entrance to the supermarket, where up to 110 microsieverts of radiation per hour were registered. [...]
The Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives in Tokyo has leased the supermarket land to its operator since 1999 since buying it from a now-defunct school operator in 1973. Both the union and the store operator say they have no idea how the bottle got buried there.
Meanwhile, to the north, city workers inare finding radiation levels rise “unexpectedly” while scraping away soil during decontamination efforts:
Decontamination of houses under way, The Daily Yomiuri, Nov. 15, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
The Date municipal government has become the first municipality to begin decontamination of houses [...]
an operation to remove topsoil in Sato’s garden was conducted with the cooperation of city volunteers. However, when they scraped the soil away to a depth of five centimeters, the radiation level increased unexpectedly. It was an area where rainwater had seeped underground.
Published: November 16th, 2011 at 1:50 am ET
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