‘Emergency decontamination’ needed in places used by Fukushima kids — Highly radioactive material accumulating — City Official: Many times higher than previous record for urban areas

Published: May 10th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET


Title: Fukushima closes 2 parking lots for emergency decontamination work
Source: Asahi
Date: May 08, 2013

Two parking lots in the city of Fukushima were declared off-limits to the public on May 7 after high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected […]

“It’s the first time that soil with cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels was found on the grounds of an urban area, not in sludge accumulated in ditches,” said a city official in charge of decontamination work. […]

The exposed soil had accumulated to a height of 1 to 3 centimeters around the edges of the parking lots or in sunken parts of the surface, mixed with fragments of dead leaves and other material.

The survey at the Matsuki parking lot found radioactive cesium concentrations of 220,000 or more becquerels per kilogram of soil, with the highest level at 433,772 becquerels. […]

In addition to visitors to the facilities, local residents, including students, usually enter the sites for walking and extracurricular activities. […]

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Published: May 10th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET


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32 comments to ‘Emergency decontamination’ needed in places used by Fukushima kids — Highly radioactive material accumulating — City Official: Many times higher than previous record for urban areas

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Where the wind blows, no one ever knows. It's like the Japanese national lottery, hot particles are the prizes, all you have to do to enter is travel Japan.

    /as if the situation is confined within Japan's borders….we're all in the lottery now.

    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah, someone actually referred to it as "a negative lottery." Eeny, meeny, mino, mo, you're the one who gets to die. Tragic.

  • ftlt

    It is SO heartbreaking… Imagine having little ones and watching them sicken before your eyes from this invisible and all present poison…

    Do FFFF'n something Japan!!!!

  • pcjensen

    the only solution is to move people away from those areas.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Yes, I am suspicious that they are waiting for the Japanese population to decrease to a more manageable size. Then they will begin evacuating but to where? They could come to US but we are contaminated and accumulating too, only a matter of time before we are sharing their fortune, windfall, what have you.

      Pacific, Arctic ocean and Northern Atlantic ocean are already tainted with the fallout and negligent liquid releases and chunks of fuel which were broadcast by the explosion. Mars is looking less and less like a hostile environment. I am a fan of the moon personally.

      • We Not They Finally

        Yeah, radiation levels continue to RISE and they say to just decontaminate more, instead of, get those people OUT of there? But even with the draconian idea of "waiting for the population to decease to a manageable size," by then, illness is pandemic, neither can the ECONOMY function. And it is way harder to get ANYONE to take an ill population, moreover a contaminated one. So I think they will just let people continue to die, then doctor the statistics best they can. That culture could apparently be pretty cruel even in better days.

  • Power washing only removes some of the radiation, to do a good job you need to sandblast. In both cases you are dispersing the radiation locally not really removing it. Realistically evacuation is the only safe solution but Japan has a lot of people on that small island. So they put on a display of decontamination to keep the people in place. So sad all these children are exposed. 2 years after the disaster and they talk of emergency decontamination. If it happens in America they would probably have a late evacuation like Russia but expect lots of lying or in politically correct newspeak, spin. Japan wants to maintain its economy and semblance of a normal society while minimizing costs. The needs of the children don't count beyond spin. Tepco must be going broke spending millions on maintaining the melted out plant with no chance of making any money. A capitalists nightmare.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      "Power washing" does nothing to "remove" radiation, it just sends it somewhere else. Is that "re-moving" it? yes, from one place to another… but where is it going? not "away" only to somewhere that someone is not concerned with looking.

    • We Not They Finally

      "Capitalist nightmare"? They should have forced TEPCO to liquidate post haste, and use all the money to help the victims. In some ideal world that we don't have and may never see….

  • razzz razzz

    Wind and rain just moving fallout around. Fallout from Fukushima and and any incineration of nuke waste falling back to earth.

    Maybe put up some barriers like for soil erosion. Those little black plastic screen fences held held up with wood stakes that you see or those rolls of jute or straw that could trap blowing or flowing fallout. Be better than nothing as the fallout collects wherever it is trapped anyway.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I agree it just seems like they are making more of a mess by attempting to decontaminate as every spring the contaminated trees will dose the so-called decontaminated areas with contaminated pollen. Like that one scientist said you would have to remove the entire forest. I wish they would focus on the radioactive water flowing into the Pacific ocean instead of wasting their time removing topsoil, etc. which is worthless. IMHO Also I would think other countries like China would be voicing their concerns about corium tainted water flowing into the Pacific as many rely on fishing. I guess it's just to hot for anyone to construct a barrier. I just don't understand the lack of concern on a global scale. However TEPCO has done a lot of work cleaning up around the reactors and SFP considering the hellish environment and dwindling skilled workers.

      • We Not They Finally

        Actually TEPCO has done WAY more work in "saving face" than in cleaning up this site. They should have at least tried what the Russians did, right at the start — huge amounts of concrete and boron to at least partially protect the atmosphere. TEPCO are highly criminal, immoral people who should be given credit for NOTHING. They should have had all their assets liquidated up front, and have clean-up put in the hands of humane parties who had no financial interest. But if you still "don't understand the lack of concern on a global scale," just look to massive deliberate public cover-ups by the likes of WHO and the IAEA. "Globalization" was supposed to be a GOOD thing. Instead, it's a nightmare of murderous corruption. Too bad for us all.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      developing lots of dense foliage would also help to screen particles out of the air and reduce soil erosion. I still thin they should start spraying sand over the FUKU site like they do with snow at a ski resort. Once the sand is in place they could use clay to cap it and that would help to keep hot particles in place, reduce radioactive isotopes a bit and allow their leisurely cleanup effort to keep it's laughable pace. I haven't heard any stories about that blonde nucleocrat witch lately. Did someone drop a house on her or did she just suck the souls out of a few reporters to make it clear she wanted no more coverage? I wonder if some of the feedback from the likes of us, a motley crew, found it's way to her stony heart and she got out her eye dropper and cried.

  • Urban27

    Well these are all figures in Cesium 137. Always the same element – but there is the worst nuclear catastrophe ever – and there are so many more substances coming from the stuff.

    What happens when all these combine.

    Why are there never any total emissions / exposure figures?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The world is witnessing a single nuclear plant accident ruin a country. Who allowed this horrid technology? ..I didn't.

  • And while the Japanese Government is at the UN quaffing croissants, claiming that everything is radiolically sound, exidence of school children doing contamination work has been found.

    ukushima – School students forced to clean swimming pool without proper safety equipment! – 未成年が除染作業を強いられている-福島県郡山市

    Published by nuclear-news.net

    by Arclight2011

    10 May 2013

    h/t Mia




    …On a more technical point, it was explained that annual exposure to radiation was at the level advised by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)….

    Regarding those that survived the atomic bombing, their medical needs related to their exposure was subsidised and this would allow them to maintain a suitable level of living.


    Japanese government delegation statement to the UN concerning the Fukushima Nuclear disaster April 2013

    The students were allowed to clean the swimming pool (Gieger showing 0.51 uSv/h) without wearing any safety equipment. They just had their school uniforms for protection!
    pics and video here…

  • razzz razzz

    Is putting covers over the pools when no in use to much to ask?

    Might as well build bubbles around the schools and schoolyards then filter the air. You can imagine what the fallout counts would be from the filters.

    They are just kids, why worry about it?

  • keropikotse

    Rubella infections further spread in Japan

    NHK — May 09

    Rubella, or German measles, is spreading rapidly in Japan. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says 5,442 people were diagnosed with rubella from January to April this year.
    That's more than 34 times the figure for the same period last year, when the most patients were diagnosed since current record-keeping began in 2008.
    The institute says the number of new infections has been rising by more than 500 per week since the beginning of April.

    Nearly 90 percent of the patients are aged 20 or older. Many are men in their 20s to 40s or women in their 20s.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Effects Of Internal Low Level Nuclear Radiation

    Bura Bura Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Radiation Fatigue (CFS/ME/PVFS/CFIDS) via @AGreenRoad

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Forgive..this repost..

    On Fukushima Beach 2: The Lights of Fukushima
    April 26 2013


    I don't know how many people have had opportunity to see this since I posted I last night.

    It's lengthy..and tremendously informative.
    But for those in a hurry..off for their morning coffee.. please skip to about 1 hour out.
    Ending remarks..and credits.

    Introduction to the Fukushima Truth Movement.
    Look at the names and faces of our colleagues..

    This is the true face of valor.

  • KitemanSA

    Even if the kids were to camp out on the radio-active patch, they would still be getting about 1/5 what kids in Guarapari Brazil get. Doesn't hurt the Brazilians.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose


    Here is an example of minimal exposure…

    Goiânia accident

    "Goiânia accident was a small capsule containing about 93 grams (3.3 oz) of highly radioactive caesium chloride (a caesium salt made with a radioisotope, caesium-137) encased in a shielding canister made of lead and steel."


    And we are talking tons in Fukushima…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Low blow..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The nuclear industry..like most other corporate interests..do not care for the children.
    They never have..

    What happened to the Navajo People in uranium mines during the mid 1900's?


    Uranium mining companies descend upon Navajo Nation

    They don't care..they don't care…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It's not about..providing economical electricity..
    It's about weapons..

    Those welding the weapons…don't care about children.


    What exactly does the general population think..is being launched from the drones?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Sacred Poison.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    From removing it from radioactive materials from it's natural place in the ground..to end product..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Typo…yep..Anyone want to talk..radiation effects on the people..I'm good.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "I don't even want to eat with my kids..the food falls out of my mouth".
    The things… mother's have to look forward to.
    End nuclear power…PLEASE.