JAPAN | Fukushima expands radiation checks

Posted on June 18, 2011

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JAPAN | YOMIURI | 19 June 2011

FUKUSHIMA–The Fukushima municipal government has launched expanded radiation measurements, aiming to determine if any areas of the city have experienced unusually high levels of contamination.

Since the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant started, the city has regularly measured radiation levels at about 100 locations in the city.

However, radiation levels in some places outside the 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the crippled plant have been found to be higher than at places inside the restricted area. Anxiety has spread among local residents, prompting the city to increase the number of survey spots to 1,045.

On Friday, radiation was measured at 538 locations, including parks, roads where students commute to school and drainage ditches. The rest of the checkpoints are scheduled to be measured Monday.

The city plans to announce the results at the end of this month through notice boards and other means.

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