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– Over 100,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 still detected in a park of Chiba (Fukushima Diary, Oct 13, 2014):
101,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 was measured from the soil of a park in Chiba. A citizen’s organization “PLANET ROCK” analyzed and reported this October.
The location is “Shin-Matsudo central park” in Matsudo city, Chiba. This area is known as one of the worst hot spots in Kanto area.
The specific sample was collected beside the toilet of the park. From the other side of the toilet, they also measured 93,400 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137.
– Indiana stored babies’ DNA, blood for research without parental consent (RT, July 13, 2014):
The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station. Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples.
When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or midwife takes a few drops of blood from the heel of each infant. The blood is collected on a specialized filter paper, which is then sent to the state’s Newborn Screening Lab in downtown Indianapolis.
– High levels of cesium detected in fish off Chiba (NHK, Feb 18, 2013):
Fish caught in waters off Choshi City in Chiba Prefecture have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the government safety limit.
Choshi is nearly 200 kilometers south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Chiba Prefecture says it found 130 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in Japanese sea bass caught about 10 kilometers off Choshi on Thursday of last week. The acceptable limit is 100 becquerels.
It is the first time that higher-than-permitted levels of radioactive substances have been found in fish landed at ports in the prefecture.
Goshi Hosono’s Ministry of the Environment is on the sudden offensive against citizens and residents of Kanto and Tohoku, again.
According to the Yomiuri Shinbun article, the Ministry of the Environment is already talking with the officials in the municipalities in three prefectures to built final disposal sites in their cities and towns.
As the wide-area disposal of disaster debris winds down as it is now widely revealed that there is simply not enough debris to widely distribute, Mr. Hosono looks desperate to do something so that he can claim he has made people “share the pain”.
From Yomiuri Shinbun (8/21/2012):
Final disposal sites for ashes from contaminated garbage to be built in the land owned by the national government in four prefectures
– 180,000 Bq/Kg from the yellow substance in Kashiwa Chiba (Fukushima Diary, Aug 19, 2012)
- 14 μSv/h from the yellow substance on the roof in Kashiwa Chiba (Fukushima Diary, Aug 10, 2012):
Around the end of July, I had the professional cleaners wash the roof of our house.
The roof was covered with something like this yellow moss. It was 0.7 μSv/h on its surface.
I took 20g of it by a kitchen knife. Radiation meter indicated it was red zone, 1.2 μSv/h.
I haven’t measured 1.2μSv/h from merely 20g of sample even around here known to be hotspot.
It was totally washed off after cleaning, radiation level was decreased a little bit, 0.4 μSv/h on the surface, but the yellow substance was still with mud in the rain gutter.
I took 3.6 kg of it with the perfect protective clothing (tyvek, gas mask, goggles, plastic gloves).
I packed the clothing soon after taking off the sample, had shower to clean eyes, ears, nostrils carefully.
This is very dangerous, please don’t do it. I can’t take a responsibility if something happened to you.
The radiation level was 14 μSv/h. I haven’t measured higher than 10 μSv/h before. It makes sense why the radiation level is high on the second floor.
– 12,200 Bq/Kg from Teganuma lake Chiba (Fukushima Diary, July 4, 2012):
Chiba prefecture measured radiation at 19 points of Teganuma lake (195km from Fukushima) including 2 rivers to flow into Teganuma lake. The rivers run through hotspots, and they measured over 10,000 Bq/Kg from the ground soil of the bottom of rivers, where the rivers flow into the lake. The highest reading was 12,200 Bq/Kg. The measurement was done from 5/24 to 6/6/2012.
– Something fishy’s going on in a fishing port in Japan, literally – and tons and tons of it too! (Rocket News, June 5, 2012):
Something terribly fishy is going on at the fishing port of Ohara (pronounced Oh-hara) in Isumi City of Chiba Prefecture, and it has nothing to do with espionage or political corruption. There are tons and tons of dead sardines washing up on the shore, and not only is the sight disturbing, but the huge amount of dead fish is literally smelling up the entire surrounding area.
According to the news, the dead fish started washing up around noon of June 3rd, and as of early afternoon on June 4th, the situation still remained pretty much out of control. The amount of dead sardines that has washed up is thought to total several dozen metrics tons, so you can imagine how bad the smell of rotting fish must be.
We’ve seen the pictures uploaded onto Twitter, and the port looks completely filled with fish – it almost looks like a carpet of sardines. It doesn’t seem likely that any fishing boats will be setting sail from this port soon. There are also, of course, the usual posts and comments on the internet on how this could be an omen, a sign of a coming great natural disaster.
When we inquired with a local inn, we were told that the port was scheduled to be closed from June 1st to 5th, but given the emergency, local fishermen are currently out in full force trying to resolve the situation. Already more than 2 full days into the bizarre occurrence, the smell has to be almost unbearable, but the people of Ohara still have no idea when they will be able to get rid of all the sardines. We sincerely hope they will be able to solve the problem quickly.
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– Iodine 131 measured in Tokyo (Fukushima Diary, May 3, 2012)
– Iodine 131 measured in Kawasaki, Yokohama, Chiba and Gunma (Fukushima Diary, May 3, 2012)
– Iodine 131 measured in Yamanashi (Fukushima Diary, May 3, 2012)