Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Children equipped with dosimeters in Fukushima

The city of Fukushima will equip 34 000 children in the fall of dosimeters to reassure families worried about radioactivity, which continues to escape from the nuclear accident, located about sixty kilometers. The Municipality will distribute the equipment in September.

They keep these instruments continuously measures on them for three months, said, Tuesday, June 14, an office manager in charge of education. Gauges will also be distributed to parents of children under three years on request. Since the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March that severely damaged the reactor plant, Japan has raised the level of legal exposure for the population, all ages, from 1 to 20 mSv per year, the standard adopted by many countries for the nuclear industry employees.

Unlike Kawamata, where similar measures have been taken, Fukushima, capital of the prefecture of the same name, is located outside the evacuation zone of 20 km radius decreed by authorities around the central Fukushima Dai- Ichi built along the Pacific Ocean. However, recognized a local office in charge of education, many residents are concerned about the risks of radiation.

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