School playground staircase has radiation at 70 times maximum allowed, far from evacuation zone — Equal to 69 millisieverts per year

Published: August 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am ET


Greenpeace: Fukushima schools unsafe after clean-up, Reuters, August 29, 2011:

Greenpeace said on Monday that schools and surrounding areas located 60 km (38 miles) from Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant were unsafe for children, showing radiation readings as much as 70 times internationally accepted levels. […]

At a staircase connecting a school playground to the street, it found radiation amounting to 7.9 microsieverts per hour [69.2 millisieverts per year], or about 70 times the maximum allowed, exceeding even Japan’s own standard. […]

Published: August 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am ET


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35 comments to School playground staircase has radiation at 70 times maximum allowed, far from evacuation zone — Equal to 69 millisieverts per year

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Greenpeace – I love you.

  • Darth

    They are all workers now. Only thing missing is an announcement that the safe limit has been raised to 100 millisieverts per year.

    Go, JAPAN, GO…

  • Jebus Jebus

    What is the deal? Why can’t the US MSM report on this… Kudos to Australia News affiliates!
    Good Video again!

    Tsunami fallout

    Posted August 28, 2011 14:58:00

    When the earth ruptured with tremendous force off the coast of Japan it set off a chain of events which would devastate the country’s agricultural sector. The magnitude-nine quake sent a massive tsunami towards the north-east coast. A series of unstoppable waves killed more than 20 thousand people destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and wiping out entire industries. The ABC’s North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy travelled to two of the hardest hit regions to see how farmers are coping.

    • Steven Steven

      We do get the occassional story here (in Australia) Jebus but for the most part we hear very little.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Just finished watching. Oh man, I feel so bad for these farmers and cattle ranchers.
      I’m so impressed with the Cattle man, having feed shipped in from Australia. His Cattle are safe…but no one is buying the beef. This will not end well for him for quite awhile. I was impressed also at the determination of these people to attempt to restore their farms for future generations. However, looking at Chernobyl, I’m afraid it will take decades IF at all.
      TY so much for the link Jebus.

    • charlie3

      There really does seem to be an organized and successful censorship of the Fukushima news in the North American mainstream media.
      If you ever needed proof that your politicians, government offices, and your media don’t care about you and your family’s welfare, now you have it.

  • maaa

    I wonder who would dare to visit Japan now. They don’t care about the food their people eat, and that means foreigners as well. Soon everyone will leave Japan. I

    • charlie3

      I am sure that the Jappanese will be selling their radioactive food very cheap to Chinese and other manufacturersand that they will disguise it and sell it abraod, including in the West.

      • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

        I will wager some of that food will be fed to the fish and shrimp farms, then the shrimp (after the extra heads are removed) will be shipped to the US consumers.

  • radegan

    In America: “Don’t run down the stairs, children!”
    In Japan: “Run as fast as you can down those stairs, children!”

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    From the article:
    “We’re finished decontaminating the schools, and they no longer have high radiation levels,” city official Yoshimasa Kanno said.

    Think again.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    One good news among the bad (just to cheer us up a tiny bit):
    Germany: PV generation overtakes hydropower for the first time

    In the first half of 2011, renewable energy broke a new record, having met more than 20 percent of Germany’s electricity demand. Also for the first time, photovoltaic generation overtook hydropower.

    According to initial estimates by the German Energy and Water Association (BDEW), renewable energy accounted for 53.7 billion kilowatt hours, or 28 percent of Germany’s electricity demand in the first six months of the year.–pv-generation-overtakes-hydropower-for-the-first-time_100004018/


  • Southern Japan the farthest distance from Fukushima….

    “”1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture ‘could restart this year'””


    and lets not forget Mt Sakurajima just blew its top on the other side of Kagoshima Prefecture

    …with no MSM updates…yikes

    Is there anywhere on Japan that is safe to live?

    red red wine

  • theypoisonus

    And the beat goes on. Lies for Lives. 🙁

    Above poster about why the blackout of MSM.
    This is a financial/political position I believe to a large extent.
    Japan is the third highest Debt holder of the US.
    1.Social Security ( that one threw me for a loop)

    We are at the point now where the gross negligence would send people over the edge here in the US and Japan, PLUS, people would figure out that we too are being radiated from this.

    Unemployment true figures, 23% unemployed.
    That is nearly 1/4 of the population.
    This today is called a ‘double dip recession’.
    A few decades ago it would be called the beginning of the second great Depression.

    OH, and we only have a few allys anyhow and Japan is one of those. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours diplomacy.

    Peace out. This saddens me the genocide of a peoples. Hard for me to read anymore. Have to take small doses.

  • maaa

    Finally its here “Severely malformed babies have been killed in Japan. ”

    • charlie3

      Just wait until after Christmas, and in January and onward.

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      I think that is actually not such a bad policy, except it seems to be the doctor’s decision and not the parents’…call me brutal, but it seems to me a huge waste of time, money and energy to keep someone alive who will never be able to enjoy life anyway, and won’t be able to reproduce.

      I also think older and terminally ill people should be able to choose when and how to die. I think euthanasia can be a good thing in certain cases.

      The problem is that it’s not socially acceptable, so it will be hidden, and could make it hard to determine how many babies are really affected from radiation. It seems like a very good way for the Japanese to hide the evidence, too, and say, ‘See, it wasn’t so bad, really…’

      • ocifferdave

        “I also think older and terminally ill people should be able to choose when and how to die. I think euthanasia can be a good thing in certain cases.”

        We already enjoy making a choice of when we want to go to the doctor, have a surgery, take a flu shot…oh, wait a sec, some of us don’t have a choice…the government makes that choice for us (I had to take flu shots when working for the Feds). Every choice we have is one step away from being a choice that the gov will make for us. Someday when your statement comes true there will be others pushing it farther saying “I also think the government should be able to choose when and how they die. I think euthanasia can be a good thing in certain cases. No point in them living if they can’t live like us… and besides they drag the rest of us down.”

        Some would enjoy/hate this book by Dean R Koontz

      • nohobear nohobear

        Keep in mind, prior to the nuclear era, and especially prior to the 20th century, cancer was a relatively rare disease. Now the lifetime odds are somewhere between 19 and 23 percent of dying from cancer. Sure there are many factors, diet, people living longer, lifestyle choices, and of course carcinogens in the environment, both chemical and radiological.

        Legalizing euthanasia will come in handy when cancer rates soar above 50%, from all the plutonium, cesium, and name your isotope poison of choice, now spreading outward from Fukushima. Worldwide health care systems will be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. Those wealthy enough to afford anti-cancer treatments will get them (and enrich the medical industrial complex at the same time). Those unable to afford cancer treatment will be given cyanide pills and a toll free 800 number to make arrangements to collect the body. … in the name of compassion of course.

        But keep in mind WestCoastGirl, isotopes don’t discriminate by age. It’s not just the elderly. I have 2 friends, mother and daughter. Mother battled colon cancer, won that, now battling kidney cancer, still fighting. Daughter battling brain cancer, losing. She’s 28. Both had the misfortune to be in the Hebrides when Chernobyl drop some “black rain” on Scotland.

        An elegant solution to the problem of “useless eaters” as Dear Dr. Kissinger once called humanity. The investors behind nuke energy & for profit healthcare will get richer, the herd will be thinned to adjust to the new world of Peak Oil/Peak Water, reduced food production. That’s why we need to wake people up to these nuclear furnaces from hell.

        And yes, I agree with you that it could be a good thing. If I end my days writhing in agony from a strontium induced bone cancer, I will happily choose euthanasia.

        • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


          “But keep in mind WestCoastGirl, isotopes don’t discriminate by age.”

          I’m guessing that she had not thought of that possibility…. Might not be so positive of how good euthanasia can be if it applied to her?

    • Clocka

      In Japan, infanticide was never a crime till 1945 when MacArthur landed at Tokyo.

      Japan always had more mouths to feed than it could, and people who were not expected to inherit dad’s properties were not expected to have children.

      It was a good measure of population control. Sad but a necessity..

      • Misitu

        That is indeed a telling comment, one which I would dearly have loved to be able to read many months ago when I began to puzzle seriously about the “social psychology” of the honourable Japanese folk.

        There are many things about the Japanese culture that have confused me over the years; being an island race, one would have expected a mentality somewhat like the British who with all our faults have many likeable traits and eccentricities to provide variety.

        Variety is the mark of the social animal. Societies which encourage variety are not only vigorous, they are also survivors for while “A” is resting “B” is hunting or on watch. Societies which discourage variety are not sustainable.

        Watch a flock of starlings, rooks, or sparrows if you want to check this out.

        The mark of the honourable Japanese nation has to me, in contrast, always seemed aimed at conformity.

        I am grateful for your off the cuff comment as it has brought into the open what was annoying me for such a long time.



  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    I do agree with you there, ocifferdave,about government control, but you can look at it both ways…

    How about the times the government forces people to raise unwanted children by outlawing abortion? It has happened in the past, and could happen again if certainn religious zealots get put into office.

    And what about the many times that people don’t have a choice about when life is not worth living…sometimes people are forced to be kept on expensive life support, or to have expensive surgeries rather than be allowed to pull the plug.

    I know of a couple who went to jail for years because they refused to have a bunch of expensive medical procedures done to keep their very ill child alive. It was in Europe, but it’s the same thing, and can happen anywhere.

  • OneWhoRelates

    The gov’t of Japan official response to the crisis has been and will remain, the ostrich approach. If radiation levels go higher instead of acknowledging it is dangerous, they will simply raise the legally acceptable limit again.

    There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences.
    –Frank Herbert
    —Dune Messiah
    —-Muad’Dib on Law The Stilgar Commentary

    Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class — whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
    –Frank Herbert
    —Children of Dune
    —-Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual

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