Friday, October 28, 2011

More on Setagaya-ku High Radiation Supermarket: Max Is 170 Microsieverts/Hour

The Ministry of Education and Science is really quick when it comes to Tokyo.. (Or should I say Setagaya-ku?)

It looks like the shoppers at this particular supermarket have been zapped with high radiation for at least 11 years, if what the Ministry says is true (that there is the radiation source buried).

A small problem, though. The same radiation source should be also buried beneath the sidewalk, which measured 110 microsieverts/hour on the surface.

Additional information of the high radiation supermarket in Setagaya-ku. (See my previous post for more.)

From Jiji Tsushin (5:29AM JST 10/29/2011):


Regarding the detection of high radiation in the supermarket compound in Hachimanyama in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, the Ministry of Education and Science announced in the early hours of October 29 that the maximum 170 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected. The Ministry ordered a temporary measure to reduce radiation in the surrounding areas by piling sandbags, and asked the owner of the supermarket to investigate the radiation source which is considered to be in the ground. The investigation will be done soon.


According to the Ministry of Education and Setagaya-ku, 170 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected on the ground surface near the shrubs about 60 centimeters away from the supermarket building. At 1 meter off the ground, the same spot measured 4.7 microsieverts/hour. At the entrance of the supermarket, about 10 meters away from the high radiation spot, 110 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected on the ground surface, and 10 microsieverts/hour radiation at 1 meter off the ground.


The compound was used as a parking lot since 1961, until the current supermarket was built in 2000. In addition to the two spots with high radiation, there are several locations inside the building on the floor that had the maximum 2.5 microsieverts/hour radiation, higher than the surrounding areas. The Ministry of Education thinks there must be the source of high radiation buried in the compound.


Anonymous said...

Was Setagaya ku some sort of illegal nuclear waste dump? It is a popular wealthy suburb (for low raise mansions / houses).

netudiant said...

Seems that the improved screening is gradually uncovering a number of past pollution sites.
Afaik, small industry was extensively colocated within residential areas of the city, so there may be a number of such hazards lurking.
It is just luck that radiation is fairly easily detected. Other pollutants such as cadmium, widely used in metal plating, are insidious poisons that are much harder to detect.

evendine said...

It's a joke to suggest that this was a pre-existing radiation source - obviously being Fukushima related and an attempt by the authorities to cover-up the situation generally in Tokyo...

Anonymous said...

The Ministry of Education Corruption and Lies is obviously a liar. How stupid can citizens be to continue believing the liar government, Tecpco-crappie, and the Ministry of Corruption and Lies? Its just a continuous stream of lies to cover up their incompetence, corruption, and greed to cheat the citizens for money while exposing them to deadly radiation. The government liars and Tepco-crappy should be put in jail for life with their radioactiove poisons.

Ivan said...

Send guilty party to work in uranium mine for 20 years.

kintaman said...

Ivan. Not the uranium mines....that simply encourages more nuclear power. Instead put them at the Fukushima Daiichi site to clean up along with the government and TEPCO execs (including the CEO).

Ivan said...

Yes, not to encourage nuke industry, I'm simply thinking of Gulag environment, like open pit uranium mine in Namibia where exposed workers getting lung cancer. Actually Fukushima cleanup is more dangerous and better punishment, you are right.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Instead, they will send in citizen volunteers to Fukushima to "decontaminate". Not to the nuke plant of course but maybe just about anywhere else in Fukushima. See my latest post.

kintaman said...

Disgusting. The people of Japan should FORCE the following people to go to Fukushima Daiichi site to perform manual clean up labor forever:

- Japan top government (including liars Edano and Kan).
- TEPCO top management, execs and CEO.
- Media copmany execs (newspaper, TV, etc) who lied.
- News announcers and reporters who lied to Japan.
- So called "experts" who lied to people saying a meltdown was impossible and that radiation will not have any "immediate" impact to human health.

Capture these people. ALL OF THEM and put them on site at Fukushima to work to clean up the mess they lied about.

Anonymous said...

Not one of these people has jumped from a height onto parking lot pavement or fallen on a sword yet. Anyway, it's something to look forward to.

Anonymous said...

How do you get concentrated Fukushima-Radiation under the concrete?

Since March, rain is washing parts of the radiation contamination into the sewage system and thus to the sewage plants (remember the high radiation in the sewage sludge).

Just imagine, one of these pipes has a crack, where part or all of that water seeps into the ground and gets accumulated.

Just on possibility of course ....

Anonymous said...

It is good that some people are measuring as it needed to be done.
It really is a major hope for them. Without measuring? Too much like superstitions from the sorcerer's age.

Counting on the Japanese govt. to protect is like a page from 'The golden bough : a study in magic and religion' by Sir James Frazer, some form of magic is called upon.

Anonymous said...

There was a similar hotspot detected in Chiba (57.5 microsiev/hour in an open space within an older housing development--see story below from the Mainichi Newspaper. What is interesting in the Chiba case is that the city had decided to tear down the houses after 30 years of use (1957 to 1997), apparently removing them one by one as they became vacant--or buying out owners (unclear). This suggests to me that there may have been some hidden problem (dumping?) about which only the city had knowledge. Just speculation. But is it not strange to reconstruct an urban neighborhood only an hour away from Tokyo (reasonably convenient, by Tokyo standards)? Please look at the story, below.

KASHIWA, Chiba -- Officials here announced Oct. 21 the city government has discovered a hot spot emitting extremely high radiation of 57.5 microsieverts per hour on a plot of public land in a residential district.

The new hot spot was found within a radius of just one meter. Radiation levels in Kashiwa and its vicinity are relatively high because of the effects of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, but the latest discovery of such an intense hot spot in the city's Nedokoyadai district came as a surprise. City radiation task force chief Seiichi Someya speculates, "It's hard to imagine that it is due to effects" of the Fukushima crisis.

The city purchased land in the district from the Finance Ministry in around 1957 and built 30 houses, before gradually demolishing them and clearing the land. At one time, the local community borrowed it and used it as a public square.

A resident strolling in the area carrying a dosimeter found the hot spot and notified the city on Oct. 18. City officials checked it with a Geiger counter capable of measuring up to only 10 microsieverts. Chiba Prefecture's environment foundation took its own measurements and recorded the startling 57.5 microsieverts per hour.

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