Tokyo: Radioactive cesium detected in 53 of 56 samples — Average of 30,032 Bq/m², near Chernobyl’s “Radiation Protection Area” levels

Published: August 20th, 2011 at 10:50 am ET



Chernobyl Zoning

  • 1,480,000 Bq/㎡~ (Zone1) Immediate Evacuation Level: forced and immediate evacuation
  • 555,000 Bq/㎡~ (Zone2) Temporay Relocation Level: relocation is obligatory
  • 185,000 Bq/㎡~ (Zone3) Preferred Relocation Level: citizens are given the right to relocate
  • 37,000 Bq/㎡~ (Zone4) Radiation Protection Area: defined to prevent unnecessary contamination

See Tokyo test results here.

Published: August 20th, 2011 at 10:50 am ET


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109 comments to Tokyo: Radioactive cesium detected in 53 of 56 samples — Average of 30,032 Bq/m², near Chernobyl’s “Radiation Protection Area” levels

  • arclight arclight

    they had these results at least 5 weeks ago and that i believe was when the wind was blowing more north….since then the wind has been blowing south….also, why dont they give co-ordinates for these readings? the story still seems lacking some detail?

  • Steven Steven

    I realise that these measurement methods are all we have, but isn’t it a bit like trying to detect drunk drivers by counting road accidents? What about the hot ‘fuel fleas’? Smugly spreading your picnic blanket in the park where the grass tested ‘safe’ isn’t going to prevent the inhalation of a single plutonium particulate (and that’s all it would take).

  • irradiated californian

    isn’t there a post on this already?

    • Steven Steven

      IC what is your point? And why do you keep making it? Can you find nothing better to do with all this bad stuff happening than continually play the critic? If you have a problem spit it out and move on.

      When your grandchildren ask what you did when Fukushima cooked off (and I hope you and everyone else here gets that chance if you/they haven’t already) don’t be forced to answer “I was nit picking all the anti-nuclear news articles for repetition and overstatement”.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …..and so..what about it …irradiated?
    WHAT about it?

    • theypoisonus


      Heart, I took that post from the disc. board and sent the info to Bob Nichols, the Editor in Chief at VT.

      I also thanked him for his work on Fuki/Japan, and gave him some links to follow to here, and other spots.

      Hopefully he will do an article again and also he or another author will attack the burning issue over there.

  • alexa

    When is the Tokyo population going to start a revolution and leave Tokyo. What are they waiting for? Or, they are too irradiated to think properly? Tokyo has to start moving to force the corrupt Japanese govt. to protect the dying kids living close to Fukushima and Tokyo.

    One only has to compare the Cernobyl radiation side effects reports/ information(published by Russians – if anything the info. they provided minimizes the radioactivity side effects) to the levels of radiation measured in Tokyo.

    Tokyo inhabitants have to realize that:
    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

    • fuckyoushima

      why so eager for a run on us treasuries?

      conservation of stupidity – the law that states the dumber someone else. the smarter one is by comparison – in this case. our dollar still buys shit.

      when japan revolts that is endgame precipitation.

      better have your bunker complete.

      • alexa


        There will be no run on us treasuries.

        I do not mean Russian revolution type revolt – I mean enough demonstrations that the Japanese govt. would realize ethics and peoples lives is more important than money and start evacuating people and reducing the damage from Fukushima, ban consumption of radioactive food.

        As soon as Japanese govt. realize they will be held accountable, to keep the masses calm, will do what they were supposed to do back in March 2011.

        Anyway, their ostrich, head in the sand current policy will backfire by October 2011 when the hospitals/ healthcare will be overwhelmed because of radiation related illnesses. Radiation death is not an easy one in most cases: thyroid, stomach, lung, intestines cancer, leuchemia, stomack ulcers, lung, liver, kidney diseases, etc and dealing with irritable people (another side effect of radiation).

    • cosmicwind

      Yeah and when are the people in California going to do something, or the folks in Alabama who are welcoming a new 50 year old plant to their area. Very easy to point the finger from your arm chair. Not to be rude, rather to make an important point, what have any of us done? I’m ready to rally, lets get started! If we wait for more “proof” we can do it while we are digging the graves.

  • Sickputer

    And this is from soil 5 cm down? Try the first two centimeter levels.

    Also… The winds have “favored” Tokyo for 5 months. Watch levels zoom when the monsoon winds blow inland in Sept-Nov. The reactor cores are stronger than before with nothing to stop them. Pee Wees Circus tent will be the crowning failure of Tepcos incompetence. If it ever gets up ….

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Whoa! If you haven’t seen this, please WATCH

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Not again…! they say this is one of the happiest places in the world.
    Just loving the scalar clouds today….

  • norbu norbu

    Another 7.0 Vanuatu

  • Bobby1

    Rainwater with 178x background radiation in St Louis

    “This data may be indicative of a RECENT SIGNIFICANT radiological event in Fukushima.”

    There has been a huge increase in radiation levels in the Kanto region of Japan this past week.

    I don’t know if this is from the steam coming out through cracks in the ground at the plant, or if #4 is on fire, or what.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    BP OIL Spill….August 2011..
    Some of us..need to get back to this as soon As we can stabilize consensus here.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Those were VERY helpful perufox,…I thank you!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    ALERT!!! 178 X Background Radiation in Saint Louis Rain 8/20/11

  • Anthony Anthony

    Tech | August 19, 2011 | 265 comments
    Fukushima now radiating everyone: ‘Unspeakable’ reality


  • I don’t know how Japan will recover, and how these refugees will survive. Like Chernobyl, Fukushima could well become a dead zone, where no one will ever be able to return.

  • irradiated californian

    people seem to forget that there have been nuclear events in the united states SINCE fukushima. i think these high spikes being found in the u.s. are more from the events that have occurred here in the states.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      We haven’t forgotten……you are a shill…
      who do you work for?

    • M Curie M Curie

      You have either not been following the documentation since 3/11 OR you really are a not too bright shill!

      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        Whoopie and anne made the same comment. For once I am on IC’s side. That does not mean we aren’t also getting a dose from Fukushima. We certainly are up here.

  • shaktasna999

    Ah Irradiated is back. Always when things get hot.

    Anyone want to chip in and send Irradiated to Fukushima to get a first hand account?

    *raises hand*

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …raises hand.. .lol….
    I’m in a smoking hot mood too..ready to crush pea brains….

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Meditate…relax ALL.
      No one can convince me this isn’t BAD. Isn’t that what happened in Chernobyl? They were told LIES and look what happened!
      Otherwise…we’re doomed. No kidding….

  • As someone who has spoken out fairly consistently about the radiation levels in Tokyo Metropolitan area it does come with its issues. You can talk or report on Fukushima as much as you like but you even mention “Tokyo” you get crucified with some quite nasty private messages. I now understand why the person running this site seems to stay anonymous. Its a very hard topic when 30 million plus people don’t want to hear it. As an example Australia where I live has 21 million on the 6th largest land sized country(We own a third of Antartica on top of that – Not that anyone should own Antartica as I think it should never be exploited)

    So when you are perceived as exposing the levels of radiation in Tokyo you need to be prepared to cop the politics that goes with that.

    • arclight arclight

      unfortunately in the next few weeks the winds turn south, so i believe! and then there will be a creeping plume! i have to admit that i didnt think that it would reach tokyo! i hope that one poster heres comment that it might have been from the radioactive materials on the docks is right….but time will tell and it appears to be running out! 🙁

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      @ AustralianCannonball…Many days there is a “fog” over Tokyo….
      To talk about it ….does bring about the wrath of the shills and those in denial..
      Hang in…they need us.

      • Excuse me I have made this point before but I think it is worth mentioning again the greater metro area of Tokyo has 35 million people. Think of the logistics required to move that many people and what that might mean to the world economy to shut down that economic engine.

        Quote from Heart of Rose’s earthcam page

        “About 33-35 million people live in the Greater Tokyo area, making it one of the most densely populated cities on Earth. It is located in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu and is Japan’s center of politics, business, finance, education, mass media, and pop culture. It is one of the world’s major “global cities”

        Japanese Gun Control (from Wikipedia)

        “Japan, in the postwar period, has had gun regulation which is strict in principle, but the application and enforcement has been inefficient. Gun licensing is required, but is generally treated as only a formality. There are background check requirements, but these requirements are typically not enforced unless a specific complaint has been filed, and then background checks are made after the fact. As is common in Japan, “regulations are treated more as road maps than as rules subject to active enforcement. Japan is still a very safe country when it comes to guns, a reality that has less to do with laws than with prevailing attitudes”.[34][35]

        The weapons law begins by stating “No-one shall possess a fire-arm or fire-arms or a sword or swords”, and very few exceptions are allowed.[34] The only types of firearms which a Japanese citizen may acquire is a rifle or shotgun. Sportsmen are permitted to possess rifles or shotguns for hunting and for skeet and trap shooting, but only after submitting to a lengthy licensing procedure.[36] Without a licence, a Japanese citizen may not even hold a gun in his or her hands.

        It will be interesting to say the least to see how lying to 35 million people will pan out.

        Good luck with that one, Japanese government.

      • @Heart Of The Rose

        I will keep at it as they do need the outside world to help expose this. I liked your link. It lead me to near where I live. I often walk this stretch of beach:

        Now I’m paranoid about a Tsunami when I visit. I’ll be straight up a place called Tamborine Mountain if that ever happens!

      • fellfromthesun

        >Many days there is a “fog” over Tokyo….

        More disinformation. I live in Tokyo and cannot think of a single “foggy” day this summer. There is “smog” from automobile pollution etc. which is normal for any summer here, unfortunately.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Bloody people! Trying to help a small family in Oregon with two little ones with nose bleeds and hair loss. They are not even willing to listen.
    And so it goes I’m afraid.

    I want to also encourage folks to consider their livers more. I doubt anyone will deny the liver is taking the hardest hit,…maybe lungs with hot particles,…but they’re everywhere, even in our tummies, so never mind that. The liver!
    As many of you know, I had pancreas and liver cancer recently,…so I may be more susceptible, but here’s what just happened.
    10 days ago I started having insomnia again, then a little ‘itch’, (liver itch), then I turned a bit yellow,…then,, my hair started falling out AGAIN, and then, my eyelashes fell out! So,…I went on a second gallbladder/liver flush this last week. I must recommend it STRONGLY. Do a google search on the lemon juice, epson salt, EVOO, and apple juice one-they are called simply, Liver flush, or Gallbladder liver flush.
    Long GROSS story short,…the yellow is GONE, itch gone too. Slept like a baby,…and I saw the BILE that my liver has been choking on!

    Our livers have never been worked this hard! Supplementing them is apparently NOT enough! (At least not if your liver is at all damaged).
    Like a poster said yesterday, chelate, BLOCK, and anti-oxidize. I’d add ‘alkalize’, and ‘flush’!

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    No matter what you do…the food and the air and the water will all be compromised.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    NASA knows a bit about radiation.

  • Cheech68

    High everyone ,
    I’m just asking myself ,what they are waiting for to build tunnels to get under the 3 cores ???
    This is the only solution to stop the first part of the problem !!!
    There is no other solution !!!
    The Russians did it,and in 1 month !!!
    And if they had had to build 3 of them to progress ,they had done it ,and I’m sure they had not needed more than 2 months to reach them !!!
    Next question : could anybody tell me how they are able to watch with all their satellites through the whole universe to bring us wonderfull images from Galaxies billions of light-years away and here on earth ,a few meters undergroud,with all their technology they have lost all 3 cores ,by the way 3 times much hotter than Lava on earth ???
    If they can find out where chambers of lava in caldeiras are situated , why not these cores …???

    • Cheech68 welcome !
      we have been over all these ideas and issues, in months past !
      Couldn’t be done and too late now, there under the plant now !
      Should have been built with containment drop rooms, with loads of boron and lead balls to contain and stop fission, and later removal in a 100 years when we have the technology’s ! !
      Need to retrofit all US reactors yesterday, let’s try that !

    • fellfromthesun

      >I’m just asking myself ,what they are waiting for to build tunnels to get under the 3 cores ???

      TEPCO knows it needs to be done, they’ve known this for months. They are worried about what it would do to their stock prices, since this would mean the situation definitely isn’t under control. Seriously, this is why they have refused to begin work on entombment.

  • Cheech68

    For exemple : how are they able to situate exactly the depht,the length and so on ,of the magma chamber in the Parc of the Yellowstone and for the cores ,which are 3 times hotter and ultra-radioactive … no-one knows …???

  • shaktasna999

    Milk thistle herb for the liver.

    Yarrow herb for bleeding.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Greetings and salutations to you all on this Sat Eve. It is raining…appearing as a welcome sight. Underneath the cool wetness though is a dismal discovery.

    About an hour ago, we took a base reading of 55.5 CPM in the bathroom on a dry washcloth. The base readings here have been in the high 50’s as a normal background.

    We then went out and gave the cloth a wipe on our square meter rain catch which had just been rained on and brought it in for a check.

    Holy smokes! After checking it four times the highest reading was 282.6 CPM!!! We are doing ten minute averages. After another base check that is 54.4, we can now take that from the wet cloth reading and get a increased reading of 228.2 CPM! The local EPA site shows 2011-08-20 23:17:32-50CPM. ?:(

    There is no doubt now that radiation is coming down in the rain here in the Durango, CO area. This is not a good turn of events here. The garden is wettened by the rain and we will be checking that next so stay tuned for more. Dang too, had the sights set on a nice salad tonight. 🙁

    • nonuke nonuke

      HI James,
      Before you go digging up your garden, collect one good rain sample and continue checking it every 40 minutes over several hours. If the numbers keep dropping by approx 50% then you are likely getting the “Radon gas effect.” I was getting similar results here in the North East the past several months. After dozens of tests, I realized something else was going on because my levels would steadily drop and the 1/2 life was to short (couldn’t make the trip from Japan). My wife was losing her mind and ready to move to Peru !
      If it’s Radon related, in about 40 minutes, the excess count rate should be about half of what it was at the start of the test. In about 4 hours, the count rate should have returned to background levels. This half-life of approximately 40 minutes is a result of the decay chain of Pb-214 (27 minutes) to Bi-214 (20 minutes), both Radon decay products and strong gamma and beta emitters. Nothing with a half-life this short has made it across the ocean from Japan. Let us know how your test turned out.

      • James Tekton James Tekton

        Thank you bro, makes perfect sense. Something I did not give that proper thought to. My bad.

        Good wisdom in this voice. I do believe you are right and I am checking it again now and as you said, the present reading a few hours later is 66.0 CPM. Back in the local range. Now I know a possible reason why the background around here is elevated.

        Give thanks for your support there good one. 🙂 We are all learning more than we ever wanted to know every day. Appreciation and gratitude for those that share the light abundantly, and truthfully.

        • nonuke nonuke

          Hi James,
          No problem … I know how you feel. It took me a few weeks to figure it out. I get similar result when checking my well water filter too. We both live in areas known to have elevated levels of Radon. Much to my chagrin, I’m reading technical paper about all types of radiation weekly just to make sense of this.

          It’s important to know when we are getting abnormally high readings that don’t decay. If the clicks ever remain high, I’d send my sample to Arnie Gundersen at asap.

          The more we learn now, the less garbage those who get paid to prop of Nukes, can feed us.

      • arclight arclight

        good advice thanks!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I’m closer to Los Alamos ..anything grown outside worthless…

  • 24,000years
    Fastest Fukushima news.

    More details of the person who died of acute leukemia came.

    He was called Kazu,dedicated himself to save as many animals as possible in 30km area. He even went into 5km area.
    He was updating his blog almost everyday,but he told us he got sick on 7/31.
    The next day,they diagnosed he has acute leukemia.
    One week later,he died.
    Here is the picture of the pup he saved.

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  • Granny M

    The world gymnastics championship is being held in Tokyo Oct.8-16.

  • Sickputer

    whoopie posted earlier Saturday this Tacomagroove-like prophecy in YouTube format:

    A Theory of Fukushima – English Subtitles (HAARP & Methane Clutter)

    SP: I saw this earlier before I went to a United Way charity event and then had some of my second line of business jobs crop up. So I haven’t even thoroughly watched this clip, but it is so intriquing I have saved the clip as a standalone .MOV and .WMV file for future reference.

    I doubt it is going to be deleted by censors…because his claims are so absolutely and utterly outrageous that most people would automatically give the Tin Foil Hat Award for Best Fear Mongerer to Arto Lauri!

    In fact the ATS board did pretty much savage him:

    On page 1 especially Arto gets the digital hammer but as you see a poster place the methane ice graphic at the bottom of that page it suddenly clears up one of the biggest mysteries I had about the video…namely…is there really such a formation 600 meters below the soil.

    Because if it is and the corium at Fukushima manages to burn through 600 meters of rock and reaches it…Goodbye Japan! and goodbye probably planet earth.

    I can see it now…Brian Jenning reports on ABC News: “Good evening, half the world blew into outer space today in Japan from a methane explosion…but first a word from our sponsors Hitachi and General Electric.”

    So here’s another link about the methane ice shelf…read it and get up to speed up with Arto and me:,1518,523178,00.html

    You can click on the little globe graphic on that page to get the bigger view as shown on the Aussie forum.

    So do I buy all Arto’s theories? Not yet…for example this assertion:

    Arto: “At the end of 2008 Russia cut off the supply of uranium, thus 70% of the global supply was lost.”

    False. Russia has far from 70%…only 10%. In fact they have been buying uranium from the world leader in known reserves: Australia.

    The Russians also are getting into the US uranium mines:

    Also see last graph on this page:

    Now that last graph on that page does indicate the uranium mines have not been able to keep up with demand for military and civil industry demands since about the late 1980s (see second graph from the bottom on that page).

    That means two things…to make up the difference they have been leaching from older fuels and second…they are pursuing reprocessed plutonium as the replacement fuel.

    I found much more disturbing news about MOX fuel…supposedly no plants in America are using MOX if we can believe the NRC…hmm..tough sell there.

    But they did allow Duke to try it for nearly 3 years at the Catawba Unit 1 in South Carolina:

    It ended so badly apparently the NRC has sealed the records on what went wrong during the 4 year test run of MOX which they ended early. Scary stuff!

    But the NRC won’t give up…they are still pushing for MOX at the Hanford plant in Washington state:

    Back to the ATS page:

    Scroll down to read Wertwogs assessment of Arto’s claims…there is some good analysis there even though he errs and says Canada is the world producer of uranium with an 80% share.

    Later today I’ll be looking closer at Arto’s “outrageous” theory.

    Imagine trying to explain this to the people who give you the stinkeye when you talk about air radiation fallout from Japan god forbid!

  • SirHenriRisti


    here is uncensored video of the radioactive plume worldwide:

  • yvonne

    Hi! New to posting, but have been lurking since the beginning. Can we start some action in some of our major cities to end this!!! We need action. I’m sick of being the peaceful person! What can we do?? anyone want to organize something? I’m in MPLS, MN. Help, I can’t sleep anymore!

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  • sueec

    I’m with you Yvonne , enough already!
    I’m in Australia , any one want to start organizing with me?

  • Jebus Jebus

    Military installs two high-powered radiation detectors in Japan

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan — The U.S. military can now do in-depth radiation testing and analysis in Japan, though officials say the new capability is only precautionary……

  • sueec

    Story about families dilemma re their children and the 10th fight to close a nuclear power plant similar to Fukushima .

  • sueec

    10 year fight

  • sueec

    Interesting, and for some reason disturbingly ironic.

    Also click on red under scored sentence”authorities are conducting checks…” for a further story
    Thanks to Heidi muller for this find