Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Schoolgirl in Fukushima exposed to high level of radiation in September - 2nd Nov 2011

FUKUSHIMA -- A young girl was found to have been exposed to 1.7 millisieverts of radiation in September due to the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, city authorities have revealed.

The Fukushima Municipal Government announced on Nov. 1 that a third-year elementary school girl in the city was exposed to the high level of radiation in September alone, with her three brothers also having been exposed to 1.4 to 1.6 millisieverts of radiation in the same month. Their residence was located close to a highly-radioactive spot, and the family has since moved outside Fukushima Prefecture.

"The radiation level would not affect their health," a city official said.

The result came after the city distributed personal dosimeters, called "glass badges," to 36,989 residents, including pregnant women and children.

The city has collected the individual dosimeters from 36,478 residents for analysis and found that 99 percent of them had been exposed to no more than 0.3 millisieverts of radiation in September . Read More