‘Emergency decontamination’ needed in places used by Fukushima kids

Highly radioactive material accumulating — City Official: Many times higher than previous record for urban areas

Title: Fukushima closes 2 parking lots for emergency decontamination work
Source: Asahi
Author: MASAKAZU HONDA
Date: May 08, 2013

 

Two parking lots in the city of Fukushima were declared off-limits to the public on May 7 after high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected […]

“It’s the first time that soil with cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels was found on the grounds of an urban area, not in sludge accumulated in ditches,” said a city official in charge of decontamination work. […]

The exposed soil had accumulated to a height of 1 to 3 centimeters around the edges of the parking lots or in sunken parts of the surface, mixed with fragments of dead leaves and other material.

The survey at the Matsuki parking lot found radioactive cesium concentrations of 220,000 or more becquerels per kilogram of soil, with the highest level at 433,772 becquerels. […]

In addition to visitors to the facilities, local residents, including students, usually enter the sites for walking and extracurricular activities. […]

Nuclear material in pools at Fukushima schools exceed 100,000 Bq/kg — Level nearly doubled since last year

Title: Radioactive mud in Fukushima school pools tops 100,000 becquerels
Source: Asahi
Author: MASAKAZU HONDA
Date: April 22, 2013

 

Radioactive cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels per kilogram were measured in mud accumulated at the bottom of swimming pools at two high schools in and around Fukushima city. […]

In March 2012, the CRMS tested mud collected from the pool of the high school in Fukushima. The radioactive cesium level was 65,900 becquerels, according to the results released on April 1 this year.

The prefectural government has measured radioactivity levels of water in the school pool, but not the mud. The latest results for mud from the high school swimming pool in Fukushima showed 104,100 becquerels per kilogram.

[…] test results showed 119,461 becquerels for the high school pool outside the prefectural capital […]

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