Reporters ‘gawk’ as dosimeter detects over 70 microsieverts per hour

Published: November 21st, 2011 at 4:06 pm ET
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Fukushima Daiichi: My trip inside Japan’s Dead Zone, Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2011:

[...] We were about eight or nine miles from the nuclear plant, I’d guess, with thick trees on both sides. The rancher, Masami Yoshizawa, placed the dosimeter on the ground. [...]

71.32 uSv/hr.

That’s 2.5 times the level at the front gate of the nuclear plant.

Stand in that spot for a year, and you’d be exposed to almost 625,000 uSv–36 times the annual maximum.

We gawked at the dosimeter – or at least the two Washington Post reporters did. [...]

Published: November 21st, 2011 at 4:06 pm ET
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15 comments to Reporters ‘gawk’ as dosimeter detects over 70 microsieverts per hour

  • oscar419

    finally a decent article, at least the video….yeah i’m to lazy to read it all right now.


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Well howdy all!

    So, does this mean it is actually .700 milli-sieverts?

    One of the confusing things noted here in all the discussions and reporting is the different ways everyone expresses measurements of radiation and how we write it.

    Ie., uSv=micro-sieverts and mSv= milli-sieverts and there are 1000 micro-sieverts in one milli-sievert and 1000 milli-sieverts in one sievert. And 1 sievert equals 100 rads and so on.(Please correct me if I am wrong here)

    May I offer to the group the idea of a chart posted here on enenews that expresses a universal agreed upon system of measurement and an easy to read guide as to what equals what and how much is really how much so large numbers do not represent a threat unless it is a greater number of the measurement scale being expressed.

    Make sense?

    Any thots?


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    And so for clarification, is that .625 Sieverts?

    Thanks for the light and good works Admin. :~)


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Hey all,

    I remember this guy from the time of the events in japan back in March. His reporting was slanted then, and it is now.

    The conclusion here is another taking a plane trip is no worse than living life as a smoker 12 miles away from fukushima.

    (lets that set in for a moment)

    So hey all you good folks in japan, it’s all OK now and well heck, you can all go back to normal life because according to this report, you are safer there than taking a jet plane ride.

    Yes, go ahead everyone, take a jet plane ride and not only be safer than living in japan and getting irradiated by the plane ride that is good for you all, you can also be assured those radiation emitters that scan your naked body at the airport are good for you too!

    A rendition of this story.

    \sarc off.


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  • Blown Camaro

    Yep. His closing comments about the flight being more dangerous than the radiator he received at Fukushima sure was snide. He mentioned not wearing any sort of respirator so let’s hope he did not breathe in any hot particles. I’d say that would be MUCH more dangerous than his plane ride.


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  • Blown Camaro

    radiator=radiation. Sorry, been working on cars too much!


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    • bmurr bmurr

      cars = radiation. i feel bad for the guys that change my oil these days. i wonder if a study will ever show that people that replaced air filters durring this last year have high rates of cancer


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      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Probably would be disclosed if TPTB decide to turn on the nuke industry should humanity somehow survive before the possible but unlikely end of the Nuclear Age. After all,they did eventually rule that asbestos caused many,many cancer deaths years after they (nearly)eliminated it from many of its previous products & uses. It’s still causing cancers though,via the “dust” being inhaled by mechanics doing brake jobs & I believe it’s still used in the clutch plate assemblys of vehicles with manual transmissions. I’d imagine there will be a lot more things in studies involving events related to the last year that won’t be shown to anyone-with exposure to mechanics & DIY’ers being high among the list of things TPTB decide we don’t need to know!!?? ~PEACE~


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        • Stlouieishot

          JB- asbestos was banned quite a while ago in all automotive applications, including clutch discs. the main threat of exposure to asbestos from working on cars nowadays comes from working on older vehicles that may have had the clutch or brakes replaced when asbestos was still in use. mainly its guys who are digging older cars and trucks out of retirement, or doing auto restorations etc who will encounter asbestos.


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  • If he really didn’t bother with a mask he is an ignorant fool. They must handpick idiots for that job. He threw out his sneakers after bringing them into his apartment. The comparison of the jet flight at the end of the article leaves me wondering if it was deliberate propaganda or complete idiocy. But mentioning the smoking rancher;
    “We smoke and drink all the time,’’ Murata said. “Even if we would develop cancer, we wouldn’t know whether it came from radiation or smoking too much.” Thats the clue as to how Tepco/G.E/ B.P oil and any other multinational cancer causing for money and power entity will weasel out of lawsuits. Guess you have to read between the lines with these trashy articles.


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    if you found glowing waste in tokio put it to the ignorants
    owen House . what will they say than ? more and more and more..
    so the ignorant person will by died out in front of the other
    or maybe the disarpierd but they will loose the reputation


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