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Japan:Radiation readings in evacuation zones released

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 3,2011

The government has released the results of detailed radiation measurements in evacuation zones around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The government measured radiation levels at 2,696 locations inside the 20-kilometer no-entry zone and adjacent evacuation zones in July and August. The measurements, mainly at schools and parks, are being displayed on maps on a government website.

Radiation was the highest at a location in Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture, about one kilometer from the plant. The level there was 139 microsieverts per hour, which translates into more than 700 millisieverts per year.

Areas with radiation exceeding 19 microsieverts per hour extended as far as 32 kilometers northwest of the plant. This figure translates into more than 100 millisieverts per year.

Along coastal areas about 3 kilometers north of the plant, radiation levels were less than one microsievert per hour.

The government will use the data to create plans for removing radioactive substances.

Laaska News.