15 Mar '11, 6am

How much radiation is dangerous? (via ST iPhone App)

How much radiation is dangerous? (via ST iPhone App)

Evacuated residents are checked for radiation exposure in Koriyama, Fukushima, northern Japan. -- PHOTO: AP JAPAN asked local governments to make more frequent radiation checks after explosions at two nuclear reactors, with reports of radiation levels nine times normal briefly detected in Kanagawa near Tokyo. Below are some facts about the health dangers posed by higher radiation levels. * Chief cabinet minister Yukio Edano said radiation levels near the stricken plant on the north-east coast reached as high as 400 millisieverts (mSv) an hour, thousands of times higher than readings before the blast. That would be 20 times the current yearly level for some nuclear-industry employees and uranium miners. * Exposure to 350 mSv was the criterion for relocating people after the Chernobyl accident, according to the World Nuclear Association. * People are exposed to natural radia...

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