Kyodo: High dosage of cesium similar to Chernobyl evacuation levels found in large city 60 km fom meltdowns — 307,000 Bq/kg in soil on Sept. 14

Published: October 5th, 2011 at 7:25 am ET
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SOURCE: High dosage of cesium found in soil outside Fukushima no-go zone, Kyodo, October 5, 2011

High levels of radioactive cesium were found in an independent study in a Fukushima city district [...]

Up to 307,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of soil was detected in the Sept. 14 survey, triple that of the benchmark above which the government requires tainted mud to be sealed by concrete. [...]

The readings are comparable to the high levels in special regulated zones where evacuation was required after the 1986 Chernobyl accident, said the citizens group, Citizens Against Fukushima Aging Nuclear Power Plants. [...]

More here: Kobe U. Prof: Radiation is concentrating on surface — 23 µSv/hr above dirt in roadside drain far from meltdowns — Can\’t decontaminate concrete or asphalt, must remove it all

Published: October 5th, 2011 at 7:25 am ET
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19 comments to Kyodo: High dosage of cesium similar to Chernobyl evacuation levels found in large city 60 km fom meltdowns — 307,000 Bq/kg in soil on Sept. 14

  • arclight arclight

    “Kobe University professor Tomoya Yamauchi, who was in charge of the study that tested soil samples from five locations in and around the district, noted that decontamination conducted in some of the areas tested has not yet succeeded in reducing radiation back to the same levels prior to the March accident.

    The Japanese government currently has designated two categories of evacuation zones — the 20-kilometer no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant, and hot spots outside the zone where radiation level is expected to top 20 millisieverts a year.”

    then theres this too! repost

    “According to a preliminary decontamination plan made last month, about 1,778 square kilometers, or 13% of Fukushima Prefecture’s total area will have to be cleared. Costs are expected to hit 1.14 trillion yen ($14.9 billion).

    With areas showing radiation pollution between one and five millisieverts added, the decontamination area may spread to the neighboring Tochigi and Gunma prefectures.”

    might help to add some perspective i hope!

    http://enenews.com/fukushima-soil-decontamination-zone-may-be-larger-than-expected-could-spread-to-tochigi-and-gunma-prefectures


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  • arclight arclight

    “Professor Yamauchi also wryly observed the the word for “decontamination” in Japanese, 除染 (jo-sen), is misleading. Looking at the characters for the word, it does mean “removing the contamination”. So by doing the “jo-sen” work people think they are removing the contamination, when all they may achieve is to reduce the level of contamination somewhat (not much, if Watari District is any indication). He even said it was as if the government was encouraging “decontamination” so as not to evacuate people.

    Or in the case of Minami Soma City, it is as if the residents in contaminated areas could feel comfortable enough to remain there by doing the “decontamination” work, as one volunteer related in the US ABC News interview in August. “If this radiation is going to stick around here for five to 10 years, we have to learn to live with it,”she said, instead of moving away from the high radiation area. For her, shoveling dirt from the kindergarten playground was a way to live with “it”.

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/radiation-in-japan-300000-bqkg-of.html


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  • Anthony Anthony

    You know, any effective decontamination results will be possible only AFTER the emissions and fallout cease. Until that point every one of the gazillions of becquerels coming off the site will guarantee the presence of new radiation deposits. I think at this point the fallout volume exceeds what you could physically remove. Futile until the emissions have stopped.


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    • StillJill StillJill

      Like holding water back in a sieve!

      How’s that workin’ out for you TEPCO?


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      • Anthony Anthony

        Exactly. It is a twisted bag to carry – the actual work of soil removal etc calls for people to enter and handle contamination in the first place. The work will ultimately possibly kill the worker, wont it? At the same time, the work will be the most effective government way to control the masses, especially since they already think everything is fine, they will apply themselves diligently to the work, believing it is going to lead to some productive outcome. I want it to, but I just don’t believe it does.


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    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Exactly!! Decontamination is nearly impossible anyway, but it is insane while there is still fallout coming down.


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      This is so true. You can wash your car all day long, but until that flock of birds leaves the tree you are parked under, shit will keep falling from the sky…..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Futile and cruel.
    These companies(also BP) can afford to send people out to perform futile tasks ..Ad finitum.
    The sheeple will be placated..by such a show of diligence.
    Welcome to the New World Order


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    • Anthony Anthony

      I know and I’m not trying to be negative or a naysayer either. I want this thing to be over, believe me. It just seems a matter of physics, and a daunting example of economy of scale. It has just started to rain steadier and hard here too and you know we are being *showered* in radiation. I think we have to appreciate how much radiation has actually been released – because we can’t truly measure it, quantify it – but recent admissions puts the estimate almost to the trillion becquerels per hour (??? i think was 500 billion???) you have to think about just how much is up in the air, circulating and recirculating until it falls out to below. But even as this is falling out it is being steadily and sometimes even over-replaced by the ongoing nuclear volcanic eruption.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS. OT.If people do not stand up against tyranny now..
    When ..you are told to take that boulder and place it over there..you will do it…again and again….
    End of rant…….


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  • It has and will be a continuing effect of heavy effects of A C C U M U L A T I O N !


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  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    And what are they doing with the material removed by the decontamination process? Burning it? Dumping it into the Pacific? Making bricks out of it? Tough to say for sure with this group of idiots…..


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  • StillJill StillJill

    All of the above!


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