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.
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