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Friday, January 20, 2012

Radioactive gravel also used in construction of private house in Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA -- Highly radioactive gravel from inside the Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuation zone that was traced to several construction projects in Fukushima Prefecture, including apartment buildings and local schools, was also used in the construction of a private house here, it has been learned.

According to Nihonmatsu Municipal Government officials, the contaminated gravel was used in the construction of a private house in the capital city Fukushima, which a local Nihonmatsu building company worked on last April.

Radiation levels detected on the first floor of the house were about four times higher than those in outdoor surrounding areas, city officials said.

While outdoor radiation levels stood at 0.2 microsieverts per hour, those detected in the house's foundations were 1.5 to 1.9 microsieverts per hour and 0.8 to 0.85 microsieverts per hour under the house's floor.

People are still currently living in the house. Read More