Economist: “Enormous spread of radiation” — Levels so high in hills of Iitate that locals dare not go near — 150 millisieverts/yr outside official’s home

Published: October 7th, 2011 at 4:52 am ET


SOURCE: Radiation in Japan: Hot spots and blind spots, The Economist, October 8, 2011

[Iitate, 45 km from meltdowns] offers an extreme example of how difficult it will be to recover from the disaster. That is mainly because of the enormous spread of radiation. […]

Outside [the chief of Iitate’s village council, Mr. Chohei Sato’s] house, however, a reading of the equivalent of 150 millisieverts a year left your correspondent strangely reluctant to inhale.

The Hills

Crest the hill into the village of Iitate, and the reading on a radiation dosimeter surges eightfold—even with the car windows shut. […] 

Radiation levels in the hills are so high that villagers dare not go near them. […]

Published: October 7th, 2011 at 4:52 am ET


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30 comments to Economist: “Enormous spread of radiation” — Levels so high in hills of Iitate that locals dare not go near — 150 millisieverts/yr outside official’s home

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Economists now must estimate the relative value
    of a human being, given actuarial tables and such.
    Who knowingly will travel to Iitate now? Buy their
    products, if there are any?
    You would hope that, with little medical prognosis
    available, somebody would supply a lot of compassionate
    pain-relief meds for terminal victims.

    • In terms of buying products, “knowingly” is the key word. You and I and everyone else has already inhaled, eaten, bought, and used numerous products that are (at least) mildly contaminated. This will continue to happen and to get much worse before oit gets better (IF it gets better… IF we don’t have another 1, 2, 3, or 23 accidents). *sigh*

    • guitargod92

      They will just do a cost-benefit in favor of themselves and everything will be okay. They know if they tell people that the majority of the rice crop from this year is contaminated that it will spread mass panic and hysteria. It is not the end of the world but it is a blow to humanity

  • Mack Mack

    And in the U.S.,

    “The NRC Knew Possibility of Elevated Thyroid Dose in Midway Island and Alaska by March 22”

    elevated childhood thyroid dose to those in Midway Island and Alaska

  • catweazel

    be a little carefull when protesting in US,

    according to this link:

    was “a little shocked” as it is not a paranoid conspiracy site but a investmentbanking stronghold.

    the us military is preparing for social unrest situations (right word?) in the developing financial breakdown. i doubt they will care for what it is protested.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      @catweazel….I try talking to the protesters about Northcom….but they don’t listen.
      Lol..freedom feels so great ..they aren’t listening…
      Most anything outside their range of knowledge is considered conspiracy..
      The military does have a civil control plan.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Wish I had time to provide more links.
        Use of this force against …American citizens is illegal.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          TPTB will probably dust off… Gen. Honore…to make it look more palatable.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            At the beginning of the BP crisis everyone was worried about evacuations…(which should have happened)..the military had no intentions of evacuations.
            They forced the folks on the GOM to “absorb in place”.
   don’t believe…try going where TPTB don’t want you too.
            Hell..they just roll in… in an unmarked…it could be the military,local law enforcement, private security…like Talon, Blackwater,….the Mossad.
            They have full intent on holding the people down.
            The war is not no the side of the is on theirs.

      • bmurr bmurr

        This is why I’m concerned about Occupy Wall Street. They have no clear message (that I can figure out), they are just going out there and getting arrested.
        They are giving the police practice, and those of us that are level headed are getting bad press. Civil unrest NEVER works. Look at Iran and Mousavi’s movement.
        It’s a matter of informing people. Most reasonable people will recognize the dangers of nuclear power, if they are told the truth about it.
        Getting angry is an important part of being motivated, but motivated to work towards a goal, not to go out and start fights we can’t win.

        • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

          (1) Occupy Wall Street is protesting corporate corruption and greed. What’s unclear about that?

          (2) Civil unrest (the Great Strike of 1886) got Americans the 8 hour day. There are many other examples.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            True…OWS.. a mass display of discontent over corporate greed.
            I’m more of a patriot ..and think that the political system in this country needs an overhaul.
            Without knowledge ..the truth..about our country ..our government…how can it succeed?
            Revolution is more than just showing is projecting a new concept/vision…for the People.

        • aldo aldo

          I appreciate your concern. But just to clarify, the people are BEING arrested not deliberately GETTING arrested, for the most part. And the message is clear, they’ve had enough of the Wall Street ripoff. Many are getting that, all around the country. Finally, this country was founded on civil unrest and these people are doing their best to ensure that the benefits gained will continue to be enjoyed by the next generation.

    • many moons

      Catweasel, why go out with a fissle when you can go out with a bang. Americans aren’t taking this sitting down and they aren’t scared.

    • StillJill StillJill

      You are absolutely right catweasel! The military will not care what the protesters are trying to say. They (Military,…and EVERYONE), is being told that the wall street group are all Arab Springers,…all Palastinian lovers,…Jew haters, unemployed, spoiled , “Tea bagger-like”. Or, shall we call ourselves “mini-baggers”? Oh wait,…half of us hate the ‘Tea Party’ too,…I forgot! 🙁

  • Paragraph ending the article…

    “”One way to help overcome these problems would be to persuade people to accept relaxed safety standards. A government panel is due to propose lifting the advisory dose limit above one millisievert per year. This week in Tokyo, Wade Allison, a physics professor at Oxford University, argued that Japan’s dose limit could safely be raised to 100 millisieverts, based on current health statistics. Outside Mr Sato’s house, however, a reading of the equivalent of 150 millisieverts a year left your correspondent strangely reluctant to inhale.””

    red red wine

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    If I knew I was dying of radiation poisoning I’d have nothing left to lose. But the Japanese have not protested much til now. So they never will.

  • Article’s addendum…..

    “”Japanese Parliament is considering legislation that all Japanese citizens must convert to Islam.

    …The first law to be passed will be the mandatory wearing of Burkhas by both Male and Female citizens.””

    red red wine

  • catweazel

    just chop the trees and burn them…. after that scrap the hill and cover the place with a one meter thick beton layer.. place some cherry blossom on the plain for the yearly event……

    sry for being cynical. but this is not decontaminatable and it will not get less untill fuku is scraped to the ground. that will not happen. so it will spread and be more intense over time.

    i have a pretty solid feeling in my bottom area that 2012 will be a very very hard year even without aliens from nibiru.

    • Misitu

      there are three sorts of reactions to the big fuxu

      (1) erm I understand it and am doing my best to deal with what I think is going to happen

      (2) erm erm I understand it and it is going to fuxu up my lifestyle unless I persuade lots shpeople that they can handle it

      (3) erm erm erm hey that sounds bad, wow explain please oh right sorry to interrupt got to go catch you later

      • catweazel

        missing quite a lot sorts here:
        xx.) i live in japan and what authorities say is my bible.
        xxx.) happy people survive all kind of radiation
        xxxx.) Tepco will get it done soon and then we have all the energy we need….

        but ok, have nothing to say really so i shut up.

  • Mack Mack

    “The Next Round of Companies That Could Go Bankrupt”

    “The Shaw Group Inc. (Engineering, Construction, Technology)
    Financial distress probability: 3.81 percent
    Accounting and governance risk: Aggressive
    Market Cap.: $1,723,000,000

    The energy and construction conglomerate is trading at its 52-week low. Shaw is selling its 20 percent stake in Westinghouse to Toshiba Corporation, which has been seen as a move away from nuclear.”

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,….many of these sleeze bags are getting financial haircuts,…..and their ego’s are not very happy! 🙁

    Someone yesterday likened them to an ‘injured animal’,…I agree. But first,…they will be like a drowning man. They try to climb over anyone nearby, taking them down as well.

    I think, hope, and BELIEVE that their death-stroke has already been delivered. Like Heart says,…”dead men walking”. They just haven’t fallen over YET!


    It would be logical to have liquidators in Japan, I assume

  • nohobear nohobear

    RE:the Liquidators. To restrict a segment of the population, to such hardships, is unthinkable in an evolved culture. But then again, logically, the needs of the many must outweigh the needs of the few, if the Japanese people are to survive.

    Are thee Vulcan, or are thee human?

  • arclight arclight

    “Crest the hill into the village of Iitate, and the reading on a radiation dosimeter surges eightfold—even with the car windows shut. […]

    Radiation levels in the hills are so high that villagers dare not go near them.”

    wait for the snow melt next spring…i am sure that contamination is going to move!!

    spectrometer anyone?

  • Has anyone ever measured the radioactive plume coming out of Fukushima?

    It would be nice to get a reading of the downwind stuff coming out of there, just to get a better grasp on what the total amount of stuff coming of there is..

    The reading would have to be over a period of time, since the plant seems to be ‘huffing’ burbs of radioactivity.

    It would not be fair to take a reading in between ‘burbs’.