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Japan: Officials ‘Shocked’ After Extraordinarily High Level of Radiation Detected in Tokyo Neighborhood

Radiation readings just a few feet away from the contaminated ‘glass bottles in a cardboard box’ are ‘normal’, yet they found it?  Source may not be from Fukushima?  Something sounds fishy to me …

“Tokyo (CNN) — 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.

But the tsunami-struck Fukushima plant may not be the source of the radiation, Hosaka said later on state television.

Officials searching for the cause found ‘glass bottles in a cardboard box’ in the basement of a house in the neighborhood which sent radiation detectors off the charts, he said on NHK.

‘We suspect these bottles in basement could be the cause of the high radiation reading and we are hastily working to confirm it,’ he said.

Radiation experts are now checking what contaminated the bottles, a Setagaya ward official told CNN, declining to be named in line with policy.

They told the local government there are no immediate health hazards.

Radiation levels just a few feet from the contaminated spot are normal, Hosaka said.” Read more.

Radioactive Strontium Detected in Yokohama south of Tokyo – “Radioactive strontium exceeding normal quantities has been detected in sediment from atop an apartment building in Yokohama,  south of Tokyo, and radiation levels as high as 2.707 microsieverts per hour have been detected on a local sidewalk in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, Japanese media reported. The strontium 90 was detected in Yokohama, some 250 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, by a private agency that conducted the test upon the request of a resident. This is the first time strontium at a concentration of over 100 becquerels per kilogram has been found beyond 100 km from the Fukushima plant.” Read more.

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