Parts of school playground declared off-limits after .25 microsieverts/hr detected 200 km SE of Fukushima — Children and staff must wear hats and gargle regularly

Published: June 23rd, 2011 at 10:53 am ET
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City in Chiba Prefecture sets independent radiation dose standard for children, Mainichi Japan, June 23, 2011:

NODA, Chiba — The municipal government here independently set a 1.0 millisievert maximum annual radiation dose for children [...]

The new maximum dose breaks down to an hourly dose of 0.19 microsieverts, presupposing that a child spends eight hours a day outside. [...]

Parts of the playground, where radiation of 0.25 microsieverts per hour has been detected, have been declared off-limits, while staff and children at the school must wear hats and wash their hands and gargle regularly. [...]

Published: June 23rd, 2011 at 10:53 am ET
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65 comments to Parts of school playground declared off-limits after .25 microsieverts/hr detected 200 km SE of Fukushima — Children and staff must wear hats and gargle regularly

  • risabee risabee

    Hmm what are we gargling? Boraxo?


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    This is beyond crazy. Get the children out of there!


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    • jinko

      (reality check) well the situation is really out of control over there, but .25 uSv/Hr is the normal background level and I think the annual average dose for most people worldwide is around 2.3 mSv per year, so this article is meaningless. I’m reading 0.25uSv in my house always been around there.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Evacuate TODAY! Dang. this is nuts.


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  • risabee risabee

    I think they are thinking: evacuate 40 million people=rolling blackouts of world economy thereby introducing enough chaos that they no longer have power. It is hard for alpha dogs to contemplate telling the pack to disband away from their authority.


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  • 0.25 µSv/h x 8766 h/y = 2191.5 µSv/y

    = 2.191 mSv/y

    Is the safe limit for kids 1 mSv/year?
    ———————————–

    The related story above has a higher figure:

    6.46 microsieverts per hour detected in outskirts of Tokyo just a few meters away from children on playground (VIDEO) June 21, 2011


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Some hard numbers
    http://atm­c.jp/plant­/pool/- #4 SFP almost boiling, pretty sure kicking stuff into the air with steam.
    http://atm­c.jp/plant­/temperatu­re/ Just say way to hot for shut-down.
    They have dropped water injection to prevent overflow until they get water-deco­ntaminatio­n unit working http://atm­c.jp/plant­/intowater­/
    air temp (steam) inside reactors http://atm­c.jp/plant­/atmospher­e/

    And finally, Radiation inside reactors, very not good on #1. Might be a bad meter, I don’t think so.
    http://atm­c.jp/plant­/rad/


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  • “Children and staff must wear hats and gargle regularly”

    Yep ! That will get them Hot Particles out of their lungs !


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  • retali8 retali8

    just stay there kids, daddy will look after u,
    pitty for japan because the population is too high,, evacuation would take years like groovy was saying,,
    why not walk around in LEAD SUITS? LOL
    Mox fuel is already eating them from the inside out, think of the horror movies,, argh, creepz!


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  • Stacy

    This is truly pathetic; the children don’t deserve this and it is criminal.


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    • It’s worse then truly pathetic of the world to allow people to stay instead of offering a safer option for them and the Children !

      Do we really have any humanitarian Government’s out there ?


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Create more radioctive clouds!
    “Japan’s top cement maker starts incinerating disaster debris at Ofunato plant”
    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110623p2a00m0na013000c.html


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  • Cindy

    Wear hats and Gargle ?

    What sort of medical ‘woo’ are they reading ?


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  • Anthony Anthony

    Radiation In The Daily Life Of Man

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) — For most of us, the word “radioactive” brings to mind images of a very dangerous substance which we should shun, what more handle.

    Some people believe radioactive substances can explode, cause death or cancer and such.

    This is the public perception. Not only that. Radioactivity is also linked to certain calamities the world over, such as the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug 6, 1945, the nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on April 26, 1986, and, lately, the radiation leak at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, resulting from an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 this year.

    Incidents such as these strike anxiety and fear in the people because they tend to assume that radioactivity is the cause of deaths, damage to property, environmental pollution and diseases such as cancer.

    It may be difficult to change the public stigma towards radioactivity. Nevertheless, unbeknown to us, radioactivity is present around us naturally and we are exposed to radiation in our daily lives.

    For example, we are exposed to radiation from soil and rocks, and space (in the form of cosmic rays), and from the food we consume daily, such as fruits and vegetables.

    Our bodies consist of natural radioactive substances such as Potassium-40 (K-40).

    Data gleaned from UNSCEAR 2000 (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation to the General Assembly) states that on the average we are exposed to natural radiation to the tune of 2.4 milliSievert (mSv) annually.

    All soil in the world contains naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), particularly Uranium-238 in the range of 16 to 110 Becquerel/kg[Bq/kg] (equivalent to 0.016 to 0.1 Bq/gm) and Thorium-232 in the range of 11 to 64 Bq/kg (equivalent to 0.011 to 0.064 Bq/kg).

    In Malaysia, the natural uranium content is in the range of 49 to 86 Bq/kg (equivalent to 0.049 to 0.086 Bq/gm) and the natural thorium content in the range of 63 to 110 Bq/kg (equivalent to 0.063 to 0.1 Bq/g).

    What is radioactivity?

    Radioactivity or radiation resulting from radioactive substances is a form of energy emitted by atoms or molecules through space or matter as particles or electromagnetic waves.

    Radiation goes by many names, among them light wave, radio wave, infra-red (heat) ray, microwave and X-ray. Ionising radiation includes Alfa particles, Beta particles, Gamma rays, X-rays and Neutrons.

    Radioactive substances are formed in two ways, naturally in the form of natural radioactive substances such as uranium and thorium in the environment (soil, vegetation, water and air) and man-made in the form of, for example, Technitium-99m which is used for medical purposes and Iridium-192 which is used in industries, including in the generation of nuclear power.

    THE LYNAS ISSUE: The latest issue involving radioactive substances in Malaysia, which is widely debated, is the Lynas project. Briefly, Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lynas Corporation Ltd of Australia. It is in the business of producing and selling rare earth.

    The output from the processing of rare earth is used by hundreds of industrial applications, for example batteries for laptop computers, mobile telephones and hybrid cars, cathode-ray tubes for TV monitors and computers, fibre-optic cables, aerospace applications and magnets for generation of energy from wind.

    The Lynas company in Kuantan is expected to produce almost 30 per cent of the world’s supply (outside China) once it goes into operation.

    The community’s dispute is over the residue containing the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM).

    The main reason for the fear of the people, especially those in Pahang, is that Lynas proposes to import Lanthanide ore from the Mount Weld mine in Western Australia for processing and extraction in the Gebeng industrial site in Pahang.

    The waste by-product from the extraction of rare earth is the people’s point of contention over the transparency of the government and its relevant agencies in ensuring the people’s safety.

    The issue had been raised by certain quarters solely with a political motive in mind.

    It is regrettable that the public has become the victim for they have been fed with confusing information, leading them to equate the processing of rare earth by Lunas to that by Asian Rare Earth (ARE) and harbouring fears that the incident involving the latter in the 80s could recur.

    The Malaysian government has taken precautionary measures to prevent any recurrence of the ARE incident. Various government agencies, among them the Department of Environment, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Department are responsible for ensuring the people’s safety and health as well as the quality of the environment.

    The public have questioned the credibility of the relevant agencies, including the move by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board in issuing the licence, as well as the transparency of the independent panel of experts in arriving at their decision on the Lynas project.

    In fact, in a project involving the processing of radioactive substances, the construction approval would be given but the operating licence would only be issued after Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd complies with all the safety measures and requirements stated in the conditions for licensing and in the Radiation Protection Programme developed by the company based on the requirements of Act 304 and subsidiary regulations.

    The government has also invited an independent panel of international experts from countries which have no vested interest in the Lynas project to undertake a review of all the safety and health aspects, reflecting that it is truly transparent in the decision-making process.

    How safe is safe?

    Based on the facts and analyses of samples by the relevant agencies, the residue generated by the Lynas project is low in radiation, which is 0.165 per cent in thorium content, equivalent to 1650 parts per million (ppm) or 6.7 Becquerel per gram[Bq/g] or 6500 Bq/kg. This is 60 times lower than that for the Asian Rare Earth project, which had 10 per cent thorium content of 100,000 ppm, equivalent to 406 Bq/g or 406,000 Bq/kg.

    The thorium content in the residue at Lynas, namely the water leach purification (WLP), has a radiation exposure of 0.002 mSv per year, much lower than the permissible exposure level of 1 mSv per year.

    As such, it is needless for the people in the locality of the project, such as in Balok, Beserah, Sungai Ular and Sungai Karang, to be fearful because the project will not have any harmful health effect on them.

    The permissible level of radiation exposure limit is 1 mSv per year or 0.50 microSievert per hour (uSv/hr).

    A study undertaken by a qualified independent body shows that the maximum exposure dose gauged around Kuantan is 0.00012 milliSievert per hour (1000 microSievert = 1 milliSievert), much lower than the exposure dose a person is subjected to during a CT Scan and X-Ray examination.

    The exposure dose during a CT Scan is 6.9 mSv per exposure, equivalent to 41.4 mSv per hour (data from the Japan Atomic Industry Forum, JAIF) while that for a chest X-ray is 0.5 mSv per exposure, equivalent to 18,000 mSv per hour (UNSCEAR, 2000).

    Besides, the marble flooring which we walk on, the porcelain cups and saucers which we use, the soil on which our children play and the stones used in the construction of houses and offices contain radioactive elements such as thorium, uranium and other substances.

    However, these elements only generate a low level of radiation dose and do not pose any threat to the health of man.

    Some examples of relatively high radiation exposure dose are as follows:

    Porcelain Saucers 0.000323 mSv per hour

    Glass 0.000227 mSv per hour

    Locket (pendant) made from volcanic rock 0.002128 mSv per hour

    Soil 0.000227 mSv per hour

    Sand 0.000161 mSv per hour

    Cement brick 0.000257 mSv per hour

    Red brick 0.000239 mSv per hour

    Source: Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia

    Radiation use: Radiation is actually used a lot in the medical industry where Cobalt-60 Gamma rays are used to destroy cancer cells in radiotherapy treatment and in the extermination of bacteria in the sterilisation of medical apparatus such as thermometers, needles and syringes, surgical tools and such.

    Radiation from radioisotopes is used in the destruction of insect pests, and also in the automatic control of thickness in the manufacture of paper and plastic and metal sheets.

    In the food and drinks packaging industries, radiation technology is used in accurate measurement of content and detection of impurities.

    Packs or cans containing impurities or lesser content will be spontaneously removed. An X-ray scan can detect any irregularity in the circumferential arrangement of radial steel in a vehicle tyre unseen by the naked eye.

    In Malaysia, Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd is not the only company engaged in the processing of minerals. Others include Petronas Carigali (M) Sdn Bhd, TOR Mineral (M) Sdn Bhd, Tioxide Hunstman (M) Sdn Bhd and Samsung Corning (M) Sdn Bhd.

    Processing of rare earth is an activity which also takes place in Africa, India, Canada, Vietnam, China and Brazil.

    As such, it is unfair to associate radiation only with danger.

    The fact is that radiation has brought much benefit to man, particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    – BERNAMA


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    • Not even close to the same danger levels there in Japan !


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    • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

      Anthony, Very Valuable stuff you are giving us! Thank You!
      I just hope everybody here at enenews is copying and saving
      all of these strings…
      What a huge blessing it is! This site is a Treasure Trove!
      I was sharing the Seattle and NW states exposure info
      with a guy from up there…he hadn’t heard, and now
      I hope he’s not overwhelmed with it all.
      Adventists are some great, usually healthy folks, but
      I say But, I’ve been there for very specific historical
      interpretations of scripture, which I disturbed by
      asking folks to consider “Wormwood” as Chernobyl,
      if you will, the “Wider sense” or extension of all
      nuke disasters included as Wormwood….
      check Jeremiah 9, if you please….Death came in
      our windows…
      Some churches or “ministry” outfits seem to push
      political-agenda pulpit-speak, of many varieties.
      There is a good reason why Scriptures have
      been preserved, fought over, censored, hidden
      for survival sometimes and Truths hidden by
      Evil forces sometimes.
      We spoiled=rotten Americans, many of us radio-
      entrained, and many of us Beatle-brainwashed,
      Coca-cola addicted, NOW need to see How
      they’ve addled us, duped us, sold us slavery
      as convenience.
      All this Theatre of the Absurd is All About Jesus!
      Learn of Me, for my Yoke is easy
      and My burden is Light.
      Say It! Feel It, all you angry survival mamas!
      Yes, you have done your Best to Make it in
      this difficult World, but now, you must realize
      this world is not to be clung-to, not worthy of
      your attachment…Your Heart-Mind-Spirit is
      Where it’s AT.
      Shalom, Thank You Yeshua my Messiah!
      If you never heard Zappa’s “Turn, Turn”, now
      might be the time…younger folks might not get
      the sixties jokes.
      “They was mella, they was yella,
      they was wearin’ smelly blankets-
      they looked like Donovan Fans!
      (hy-uk-yuk-yuk-yuk-yuk!)”


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  • Looks like that car driver didn’t escape:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjHLeGYxdq4

    I’m getting a slight feeling Japan is not a safe to be (even without Fukushima).


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    • Incredible ride and he lived !!!!

      Japan Tsunami 2011 Delivery man’s dashcam video

      Uploaded by LiveLeakk on Jun 19, 2011

      Delivery man catches earthquake and Tsunami while making his tour. He’s trapped inside the car when the waves play with his car everything is flodded. Unbelievably the car gets lodged in an empty garage so the guy survives.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzQDtgqar3g

      I Saw last week and freeked !


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  • fuckyoushima

    dust hygiene.

    boots taken off at the door, hepa air filter few to several feet away from interior doorstep area.

    bedroom door closed with at least one hepa inside. clothes off best a shower before going into bedroom, change clothes when leaving bedroom, keep hamper outside bedroom.

    only the insane will survive an insane world.


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    • Noah

      Insane World

      Truth is these “insane” practices are SOP in a radioactive environment.

      As the Fukushima nuclear volcano continues to smoulder through the decades to come, what seems extreme today, will tomorrow be the normal practice.

      It is best to adapt now to what you cannot change. The environment has been permanently altered, permanently radioactive.

      Wishing things to be different or living in denial, does not diminish the power of hot dust particles and the principle of bio-accumulation.


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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Do any of you know if gargling helps? Gargle with what? Boron?


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  • alasanon

    To see those children in Japan praying so earnestly!… I saw such a touching video where a family in Fukushima Prefecture had the children praying every night for their schoolmates, neighbors, and relatives after the massive disasters… One of the young girls had lost a friend, one had lost a cousin, both lost neighbors and family friends…It was heart-wrenching and real.

    This is such an ongoing humanitarian disaster!! So much loss there…
    WHERE IS THE COMPASSION???!! Every country needs to be strong, man up, and HELP THESE PEOPLE, NOW!!!


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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I found this:
    Three inexpensive and easily found ingredients relieve irritated mouth and nasal tissues: baking soda, salt and light corn syrup. Singers and actors make a mix of these ingredients with warm water as a preperformance gargle to hydrate the the vocal chords. The gargle mix may relieve conditions like a sore and swollen throat, hoarseness, soreness after radiation therapy

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7817812_gargle-syrup-baking-soda-salt.html


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    • alasanon

      sadly, I live no where near Japan, but I’ve learned that my throat feels relieved after too much time outdoors (post 3/11) if I gargle with bentonite clay or a modified citrus pectin mixture. Of course, it would be better to put on a good mask!! Whey won’t they issue N95 masks to each Japanese child??! It would be much less expensive than a dosimeter!!!

      The bio-detox protocols really work. Avoidance is best.


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  • alasanon

    EVERY kid in Japan (or the Pacific NW) should be wearing a proper filtration mask outdoors. Inhalation is apparently one of the worst ways to get poisoned by this!! :(


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  • blackmoon

    As we all know… NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATIONS:

    “Ex BP cleanup worker speaks: people are sick and dying in the Gulf”

    https://bpoil.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/ex-bp-cleanup-worker-speaks-people-are-sick-and-dying-in-the-gulf/


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  • Misitu

    Just being picky.

    “200 km SE of Fukushima” would be in the sea.. should be SW.

    Chiba is just on the NE border of Tokyo Metropolitan region.


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  • blackmoon

    @xdrfox

    Yes, our air, water and land are all under attack.

    For some of us, that only leaves our Faith.

    Now, they are trying to attack that as well:

    “FunVax – The Program The Government Doesn’t Want You To Know About”

    http://funvax.wordpress.com/


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  • StillJill StillJill

    OMG Blackmoon,…..I am sitting here with tears streaming down,…that poor girl! I have sent her video every way I know how, to as many people as I know who will send her video on! Where the hell have I been?
    The GOM is/was Soooooo much worse than I knew!

    Does anyone else have any new symptoms to report? I’m sure still felling the toxins here in Northern Cali!


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    • blackmoon

      Jill,

      The media blackout on this issue, is as complete as it is on Fukushima. The only thing that I have heard about these illnesses was on Coast2CoastAM with George Noory
      (http://www.coasttocoastam.com/), and that was only for one show, about a month ago. Until I came across that video about BP using genetically engineered, synthetic microbes, I did not know that a web site dedicated to following the ongoing GOM tragedy, even existed.

      What’s even more horrifying, is that just like the 9/11 first responders and the Gulf War Veterans, the medical profession is largely ignoring their symptoms, and will not blame it on the GOM disaster, because they are afraid of reprisals from BP and Government lawyers.

      As for the future impact of the radiation eminating daily from Fukushima, this is another Heart Breaking video that will show you some of the effects of radiation posioning on populations. This confirms what Leuen Moret has been saying about Depleted Uranimum, and it’s Geonicidal effects on Humanity.

      What Depleted Ureanimum had done to Iraq (and most of the Middle East), Fukushima radiation will do to us all.

      Pleae be advised, this is not easy to watch:

      “Deadly Legacy – Iraq”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yUDFicLNZ0&feature=channel_video_title


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  • moonkai

    http://japan.failedrobot.com/

    This map visualises crowd-sourced radiation geiger counter readings from across Japan. Click on the circles to get more information on the source of each reading.

    The number of locations fluctuate due to the validity of the data feeds. There are approximately 185 feeds from the official Japanese government source MEXT and the rest are from other sources such as the Tokyo hackspace, universities,local councils and concerned individuals.


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  • SteveMT

    Live cam BTW: Does anyone know what the crane is doing behind Reactor #1?


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    In Japan, it looks like there are about 5 First Class Airports
    34 Military Airports
    24 Second Class Airports
    54 Third Class Airports

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_Japan

    We could get a lot more than 3 flights an hour out of there if we wanted to.


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