17 October 2011

Oh Sh%$!!!!

They've found radiation spikes in Tokyo neighborhoods:
An extraordinarily high level of radiation was detected in one spot in a central Tokyo residential district Thursday, prompting the local government to cordon off the small area, local officials said.

Radiation levels were higher in Tokyo's Setagaya ward than in the evacuation area around the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to ward Mayor Nobuto Hosaka.

"We are shocked to see such high radiation level was detected in our neighborhood. We cannot leave it as is," Hosaka told reporters.
And it's not just Tokyo, as authorities "detected 40,200 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram of sediment collected from one part of a roadside ditch," over 8x the limit for rice fields.

H/t Barry Ritholtz, who also notes the following:
The Japanese government’s response? To stop testing for plutonium, and to tell people they shouldn’t use geiger counters to test for themselves.

The Japanese government has been caught blatantly under-reporting radiation levels in general, and Japanese professors are starting to fear for Japan’s future.
I'm feeling so much better now.


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