Sunday, March 20, 2011

Radioactivity concerns in Iitate village

I received an update from Masashi this evening that the Japanese Newspaper (March 21) said high levels of radioactive material were found in tap water in Iitate village. It is 965 Bq (becquerel) per kg (caused by radioactive iodine). As a result, the government asked residents not to use tap water for drinking.
Low level radioactive materials (iodine and caesium) are also found in some other prefectures, such as Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Niigata.

Radioactive materials are also found in spinach and raw milk produced in some areas in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi prefectures. All these items have been ordered off the market.

It has now become a farming problem in this region: how to manage this risk and at the same time to avoid imagined rumours. Currently the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture are watching to ensure that contaminated products which exceed 300 Bq/kg for milk and water, and 2000 Bq/kg for vegetables are not circulated on the market.

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