Category Archives: health impacts

MEXT radiation map shows high contamination 160km southwest

The Min of Education and Science published results of its latest aerial survey, covering a wider area than earlier helicopter surveys. Note that some areas 160km to the southwest seem to have higher doserates (1 to 1.9  microSv/hr) than some … Continue reading

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Officials did not warn of extra radiation due to rain and wind on March 15 – though half radiation fell onto ocean

A new JAEA report says that people were exposed unnecessarily because government warnings did not take into account the heavy rain after reactor 3 blew up, or the fact that the wind was blowing onshore at that time, instead of … Continue reading

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Fukushima fallout 30 times Hiroshima, and will decay slower – angry expert

Fukushima fallout said 30 times Hiroshima’s – Expert paints dire picture of -decontamination zone, slams government for foot-dragging   —  Tatsuhiko  Kodama, of the Radioisotope Center estimates that radioactive materials released from Fukushima No. 1 amount to about 29.6 times of that … Continue reading

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Govt did not release radiation plume maps, residents did not evacuate danger areas

NYT reports anger among nearby residents that SPEEDI modelling data in the early days was not released by the government – without this information many people stayed in some of the most dangerously contaminated areas.     The Mayor of … Continue reading

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Air doserate survey: still widespread contamination at end of June

2.0 to 2.5 uSv/hr was found near groundlevel about 150 kilometers from the plant – just as radioactive as areas 50 kilometers from the source of radioactivity. NOTE: The June 22-30 survey data on Kurihara may simply be highlighting the … Continue reading

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Radioactive cesium over-limit in tea grown in Tokyo.

Radioactive cesium was detected in processed tea that was made from leaves that elementary school children picked in Tokyo as part of their school curriculum, it has been learned. The Itabashi Ward Office announced on June 30 that 2,700 becquerels … Continue reading

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New evacuations 50km from plant – 113 families advised to leave ‘hotspots’

The city of Date in Fukushima Prefecture sent 113 households written notices on Friday to recommend that they evacuate, although they are outside the official evacuation zone The cumulative radiation is expected to reach the government standard of 20 millisieverts … Continue reading

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Over 1000 teachers given dosimeters in Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Pref. teachers get dosimeters Teachers were given dosimeters Friday to measure radiation at kindergartens and schools throughout Fukushima Prefecture as the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant continues to release radioactive substances.The dosimeters were handed to representatives of … Continue reading

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Japan to scrap limits for workers radiation dose to ensure staff can work

Japan to scrap workers’ annual radiation dose limit at normal times The health ministry plans to scrap the annual radiation dose limit for nuclear power plant workers at normal times for the meantime to secure enough workers for maintenance and … Continue reading

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Female worker exceeds dose limit probably from ingestion inside an unfiltered office

Female worker at nuke plant suffers radiation dose exceeding limit Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that one of its female employees was exposed to radiation doses far above the legal limit at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant … Continue reading

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