Tokyo-area: 11.3 millisievert per year radiation dose at elementary school in Higashimurayama — Saitama tea leaves over 2,000 Bq/kg

Published: October 20th, 2011 at 9:01 am ET


TOKYO, Oct 20 — “More so-called hotspots were found in Tokyo and other areas far from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant,” reports Bloomberg’s Chisaki Watanabe. Two of these areas had radiation levels “exceeding safety limits”.

Local officials in Higashimurayama, Tokyo measured radiation at 2.153 microsieverts per hour, equal to a dose of 11.32 millisieverts per year according to a science ministry formula. That’s over 11 times the internationally recommended safety level for the general public.

And in Saitama prefecture to the north Tokyo, 111 brands of tea leaves were found to contain more than the government safety standard of 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium. The highest measurement was 2,150 becquerels per kilogram.

Published: October 20th, 2011 at 9:01 am ET


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22 comments to Tokyo-area: 11.3 millisievert per year radiation dose at elementary school in Higashimurayama — Saitama tea leaves over 2,000 Bq/kg

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    What a year. #gaddafi #binladen #egypt #tunisia #yemen #syria #fukushima #hacking #riots #greece #occupywallst #wikileaks
    11 minutes ago
    Altho I would have listed Fukushima 1st and in caps. 🙁

  • Sickputer

    Quick Noda! Get your flunkies to “find” more hidden bottles so everyone can get back to thinking happy thoughts!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    October 29th Symposium Learning from Fukushima
    (unFbelievable)Canteen (Do not eat!)
    Finger food and small. Meals from Japan: sushi, yakitori, Bento, takoyaki, and much more. freshly prepared by Tanuki.

    Wouldn’t it be more prudent of you “EXPERTS” to acknowledge TODAY:
    * Fukushima is totally out of control?
    * Radiation is contaminating the entire Planet?
    * The Japanese Children MUST be Evacuated TODAY?
    * The Japanese need help getting thier Children OUT?
    Good grief…

    • Buffalojam

      Whoopie – Not that I consider myself an expert in this unprecedented situation, but I would like to respond to your important questions with a fantasy news story that I’ve been waiting for months to see. Let’s call the headline:
      Acknowledging the unacceptable stance world leaders have taken regarding the nuclear accident at Fukushima and the extreme toxic radiation dangers now faced by the Japanese and world populations, President Barrack Obama has called for an emergency meeting of world political, economic, and medical leaders to discuss and implement initiatives to help rectify this critical situation. In emphasizing the need for quick action, the President has recommended, at the least, the following topics be considered:
      1. With radiation readings skyrocketing in Japan, Obama would like to see the formulation of a plan which would offer evacuation to a generally regarded “safer” place or places to all Japanese citizens. Financing for such an action would first fall on the shoulders of responsible industries, all governments with a conscience, worldwide donations, and lastly, the victims.
      2. Respecting the fact that many in Japan either can not or will not evacuate for various reasons, Obama is calling on leading medical professionals to create a list of the world’s most effective medications in the treatment of radiation related illnesses. They will also be tasked to provide suggestions on the most practical distribution methods to those who stay. Obama hinted that those who do stay will be asked to work with the industry toward safe cooldown of all nuclear reactors in Japan and in their continuous cooling efforts.
      For the first time Obama emphasized the incredible urgency of the situation and his openness to all practical suggestions to help the Japanese as soon as possible.
      Whoopie – this fantasy is representative of just a shortened list of my concerns – I would like to see many additions. Hope…

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Maybe you could upload this compassionate and rational proposal onto as many sites as you can find and ask people to forward it to their local representatives, mayors, Senators, Congressmen, or whomever?

  • richard mancer

    Can you even evacuate them?

    Where do you put 30 million infected people ?

    No country will want the liability. Besides, most other parts of the world are being contaminated, so its shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

    I suppose they’ll all squeeze to the extreme ends of Japan.

    Let’s run a guessing competition. How soon will the panic begin as the realization sets in? Any takers on the end of year, or maybe next March, when 12 months of radiation has engulfed the entire centre of Japan?

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Watching this is like watching Night Of the Living Dead.
      AT THE VERY LEAST Evacuate The Children! This is absolutely CRIMINAL whats going on here. Speechless today. Dunno what the answer is mancer.

    • Human0815

      From a medical View i would say the Majority start to realize it; 5 Years for Japan and Europe,
      Canada maybe after 6 and the US maybe after 10 Years!

  • OneWhoRelates

    Exposure rates (Millisieverts) as calculated by the Japanese nuclear ministry

    0.03 per Day,
    11.32 per Year,
    679.44 per Lifetime

    Chernobyl Evac 500 Millisieverts

  • Visual observation…
    Reactor 1 and 3. Convecting again…

    Reactor 1 more so than usual.

  • jimbojamesiv

    I hate to add to the hype but, today, in Northeast America, I saw the largest yellow-jacket bee ever. It was at least tripe the largest I’d ever seen, and at least five times the average of a slim, small yellow-jacket. No frickin’ joke.

  • slinky

    Gigantic Stinging Mutant Yellow Jackets. Sounds like some kind of freaky horrow movie? Where is old Alfred Hitchcock when you need him?

    • If the Hornets get larger, we have a problem more then killer bees all over the N. America now !
      Vespa simillima = Japanese yellow hornets group got me good as a child, my face swelled and I could open my eyes for two days, they had a nest in a fresh water spring cove where I went to drink from !
      OUCH !