Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Japan prepares radiation measurement scale after Fukushima

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday launched a large-scale study to measure radiation, sending officials to parks, schoolyards and other places to reassure parents about the leak of the Fukushima nuclear plant damaged in March by a tsunami. The research was conducted in 100 locations. The previous readings of radiation have been limited to a single place in the city of more than 13 million people.

"We asked the mothers concerned about the safety of their children. In addition, people want to know what levels of radiation are in their neighborhoods," said a government official in Tokyo. The concern in Tokyo, 240 kilometers southwest of Fukushima Daiichi plant, increased when the authorities asked residents not giving children tap water due to leakage of radiation after the accident of March 11.

Although the warning was withdrawn, have been recorded readings that exceeded the limit set by the Government in agricultural products like tea leaves grown in areas far away from Fukushima. The study found Wednesday microsieverts 0.06 per hour of radiation at one meter above the ground in a Tokyo park microsieverts per hour and 0.07 inches from the ground, within the normal limits of radiation in the city, said the official.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami damaged the cooling system of the plant in Fukushima, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co, leading to radiation leaked into the atmosphere and ocean in the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years .

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