JAPAN | Internal radiation exposure found in all 15 people surveyed in Fukushima

Posted on June 27, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | June 27, 2011

Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, four days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's north east coast. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) — Radiation experts said Sunday they had found internal radiation exposure in all of the 15 people they surveyed in May in areas 30-40 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The experts surveyed 15 people aged between 4 and 77 in Iitate and Kawamata in early and late May, and found radioactive cesium in both batches of their urine samples.

Nanao Kamada, a radiation biologist who led the survey, said, “There is no cause for concern unless the residents continuing eating contaminated food such as vegetables, but it may be hard to continue living in the areas.”

A man is scanned for levels of radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A man is scanned for levels of radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The survey also showed that radioactive iodine was detected in the first batch of urine samples from six of the 15 people but was not found in the second batch, they said.

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