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Govt releases new radiation readings / Daily Yomiuri / February 26, 2012

The government has announced the latest radiation readings from areas in the no-entry zone and the expanded evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Based on this rough data, the government is scheduled to reorganize the 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the nuclear plant and the expanded evacuation zone into three zones.

One of the three zones to be set up is a zone where residency is prohibited for an extended period. This zone has estimated annual radiation exposure levels of more than 50 millisieverts–or more than 9.5 microsieverts per hour–and stretches mainly northwest from the plant in Fukushima Prefecture, according to the latest data.

The information was released Friday by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the Cabinet Office’s nuclear accident evacuees life support team and the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. The readings were measured during flights over the area.

Other Fukushima News:

Radiation still high around Fukushima No. 1 – Japan Times
57 mSv/year near Imperial Palace –
NHK shows first aerial footage of Fukushima plant – NHK
7 reports of nuclear fuel rod pieces being ejected from Fukushima reactors –
Navy Vice Admiral reports 150 mRem/hr in area south of Tokyo –

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