1.Radiation spread reaches Chiba, Saitama prefectures2.Plutonium detected outside compound of Fukushima plant3.Fukano says another quake could threaten Fukushima operation
1.Radiation spread reaches Chiba, Saitama prefectures
BY HISAE SATO STAFF WRITER 2011/10/01Fairly high levels of accumulated radioactive cesium in Chiba and Saitama prefectureswere shown in a new contamination map released by the science ministry on Sept. 29.The two prefectures, neighboring the municipal areas of Tokyo, are located about 200kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The measurementsfor Chiba and Saitama prefectures were taken from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 using helicopters.In Chiba Prefecture, the highest levels of cesium-137, between 30,000 and 60,000 becquerels per square meter, were detected in northern areas, such as Kashiwa,Matsudo, Abiko and Nagareyama. Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years.In Saitama Prefecture, some mountainous areas of Chichibu, located 250 km from the plant, recorded 30,000 to 60,000 becquerels per square meter.In the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, areas with 37,000 becquerels or more of radioactivity per square meter were designated contaminated zones, while levels of 555,000 becquerels or more required forcible relocation.
And the optimistic conclusion (?): In Chiba and Saitama prefectures, the highest radiation levels were 0.2 to 0.5microsievert per hour. In most other areas, the radiation levels were 0.1 microsievert or less.
2.Plutonium detected outside compound of Fukushima plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government has detected plutonium apparently from thecrippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant outside the compound of the plant for the firsttime, science ministry officials said Friday.The plutonium was detected at six locations in Fukushima Prefecture, including Iitatevillage around 45 kilometers northwest of the Fukushima complex, they said, adding theamounts were small and posed no danger to health.