WaPo: “Many” spots 15 km out have higher radiation than at Fukushima front gate — Risk ‘minimal’, day in no-go zone like 12-hr plane ride

Published: November 21st, 2011 at 8:11 am ET


Wasteland surrounds Japan nuclear-disaster site, Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2011:

  • Starving pigs have eaten their own. Cats and dogs scavenge for food. On one farm, the Tochimotos’, the skulls of 20 cows dangle from their milking tethers.
  • The area is dangerous over long periods, with many spots even 10 miles away from the plant showing radiation levels exceeding those at the facility’s main gate.
  • Spend a full day driving through all parts of the no-entry zone and the risks are minimal, with a total exposure comparable with that from a 12-hour plane ride or two chest X-rays.
  • Scientific groups say the animals represent the best chance for research on the effects of radiation. But in May, the Japanese government recommended that farmers euthanize their animals. It also banned farmers from bringing feed into the no-entry zone.
Published: November 21st, 2011 at 8:11 am ET


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15 comments to WaPo: “Many” spots 15 km out have higher radiation than at Fukushima front gate — Risk ‘minimal’, day in no-go zone like 12-hr plane ride

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    This kind of headline is also minimization style propaganda, “15Km Out the Radiation is Higher Than Front Gate”!!! Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!!! Guess what, the radiation is higher than at the Fukushima “front gate”, in places thousands of kilometers from Fukushima, in all likelihood. It’s definitely higher than at the FDI “front gate” in many different locations of Japan. This kind of headline is thoughtless, except that it’s intentionally thoughtless, for the purpose of minimization. The average schmuck is going to read this headline and think that the high-level radiation is detectable only 15Km (about 7 miles, really folks?) away from the front gate. Ridiculous!

    • ENENEWS Staff

      ‘Guess what, the radiation is higher than at the Fukushima “front gate”, in places thousands of kilometers from Fukushima, in all likelihood.’

      Please provide everyone with the measurement you are using for the Fukushima front gate.

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        No need and you don’t have the measurement for the front gate either. I’m I calling out the CIA too stridently lately. Too bad.

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        “Am I”…

      • ENENEWS Staff

        Back to the front gate. See post: http://enenews.com/reporters-gawk-as-dosimeter-detects-over-70-microsieverts-per-hour

        “71.32 uSv/hr. That’s 2.5 times the level at the front gate of the nuclear plant.”

        That is 28.5 microsieverts per hour at the front gate.

        Where are these many different locations of Japan with over 28 microsieverts?

        • nobuggy nobuggy

          I know of one from two days ago.
          33.53μSv/h, Koriyama city Hot Spot

          BTW, I don’t like the WaPo article either, for this reason: “the risks are minimal, with a total exposure comparable with that from a 12-hour plane ride or two chest X-rays.” Problem is, this external exposure is going to turn into internal exposure as the wind blows the dust and the crops bioaccumulate some of the radioisotopes. The risks are minimal only if you are wearing a gas mask, only eat and drink stuff from far away, and can go home to someplace far far away.

          • TheWorldIsBlind

            I agree – I hate the analogy they use – that the radiation exposure is compared to a 12 hr plane ride. You must consider that this is two different types of radiation exposure. The radiation in the plane is cosmic radiation, solar x-rays, etc. If we could get an isotope list, and I mean a real UNCENSORED list, of these areas I wouldn’t be surprised to see Plutonium, Strontium, Uranium, Iodine, and all the other lovely deathly elements. So – you’re right, without proper protection i.e radiation mask/clothing, the internal exposure is deadly, and should not be compared to a plane ride.

            • Tanuki San

              Really, if they use one more airplane ride analogy in the news or on TV I’m going to barf. It’s already been proven like a million times that internal and external exposure aren’t comparable. Why can’t these people understand?! They need to go back to high school and take a science class.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Howdy and good morning to all!

    A sad note to see this happening as far as what are just the beginnings of the death tolls and destruction that will come forward.

    What is seriously pathetic is the continued regurgitation of lies and notions that, “all is well” or there is nothing out of the ordinary because after all, it is only as bad as taking a jet plane ride.


    An old mountain ranch term we use in describing the waste of time the lame stream media calls news.

    And as far as studying the animals, they are too contaminated to get near so they have to destroy them.

    Sad, yes sad indeed because it will all only get worse.

    • lam335 lam335

      re: “it is only as bad as taking a jet plane ride.”

      What they always neglect to mention is that, if you get the particles inside of you, it is like a plane ride that never ends–constant exposure, potentially for years, to your cells. Even frequent flyers get a break from cosmic radiation once in a while, but the unfortunate cells next to which these particles deposit never will.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    I would say 2 hours at the front gate of Fukushima is about 3 to 4 times the figure they are spouting off here. Most areas around the plant are so contaminated the meters can’t determine dosing anyways. Washington post can suck my grampybone.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Hey GB,


      Absolutely true!

      And Ditto!~

      The scam is thickening.

      Invisible TROLL alert!!!

      They have stepped up the war against us Lightbrigaders here. Be aware and be watchful of your environments and strangers that do not belong there.

  • Washington Post, you suck. The article basically focuses on the plight of the farm animals. It is very sad as I read somewhere that to collect insurance farmers had to let animals die “naturally”.

    But nothing is mentioned of the condition of the plant besides to say several thousand workers go there every day. Sounds like a Ford plant in Michigan. Yeah and the chest x-ray airplane flight thing as all ready mentioned tends to minimize the situation. Wonder if reporters wore masks or they believe its safe themselves? You don’t breath in plutonium particles on the X-ray table. A reporter didn’t write this. Was written by a spin doctor.

  • Tanuki San

    Sadly, I think the U.S. is sticking it’s head in the sand just as bad as Japan. People are living in different parallel realities now. Most believe the crap that’s written in these supposedly reputable publications like the Washington Post. They don’t want to think about anything but the mainstream “reality” that’s presented to them through these publications. It’s sad, but that’s the way it is. There will be a day when something happens that will be a wake up call, and they’ll realize their entire world view was fake. Not to see it now is to be in denial though. Americans are in just as much denial as Japan. When you see students getting pepper sprayed at UC Davis on TV, what does that tell you about your country? Things are really going down the toilet.

    • Grampybone Grampybone

      I wish this was the 50’s sometimes because the response to this nuclear event would have been so much different. People would have fled to fallout bunkers. Oh well I guess a front row seat to watch humanities gene pool warp is just as entertaining. The present politicians ignore the things we should really be afraid of.