24 Oct '11, 7am

Radiation hotspot near Tokyo linked to Fukushima

TOKYO: Radiation levels as high as those in the evacuation zone around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have been detected in a Tokyo suburb, and are likely linked to the disaster, officials said Monday. The hotspot, a small area of about one metre (three feet) radius, was found in a vacant lot in Kashiwa city, Chiba prefecture, a commuter suburb of the capital, officials said. Radiation levels of 2 microsieverts per hour were detected one metre above the surface of the soil, equivalent to some areas in the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. City officials have also found contamination levels as high as 57.5 microsieverts per hour in the soil, sparking radiation fears in the neighbourhood some 195 kilometres (120 miles) from the accident site. Inspectors from the science and technology ministry believe the hotspot was created after ra...

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