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article imageHigher than normal radiation detected along Japan Pacific coast

By Mark Weitzman     Mar 15, 2011 in World
Fukushima - Japan's Fukushima reactor air monitoring indicates 400 milisieverts in immediate area, indicating high radiation levels for those nearby.
Radiation levels outside the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima power plant was measured at 400 milisieverts at 10:22 a.m. Tuesday. At the No. 4 reactor next to No.3., the measurement was 100 milisieverts.
Exposure to 400 milisieverts for a continued period of 2 hours would cause immediate feelings of illness and radiation burns.
People living within the 20-30 Km zone of the Fukushima No. 1 plant area have now been advised to stay indoors. If outdoors, they are to immediately go inside. More than 130,000 people live in the 20-30 km zone. Everyone within 20 km of the plant has been told to leave that area.
The wind at Iwaki, 50 km south of Fukushima, has been blowing to the west. Wind speed was 11 Kmph at 11:20 a.m. Weather officials in Japan say they assume the wind at the Fukushima plant is also blowing to the west.
The radiation level at Iwaki was reported as being higher than normal.
Radiation at Tochigi, 140 Km southwest of Fukushima measured 1.318 microsieverts, 30 times the normal reading.
In Chiba, 218 Km from Fukushima, radiation levels were double the normal reading at 9 a.m Tuesday. Chiba is a metropolitan area next to Tokyo,
A radiation monitor in central Tokyo has shown no change from normal radiation readings.
Television reports have been instructing citizens on safety measures they should perform if exposed to airborne radiation near the Fukushima reactors. Instructions on how to shelter-in-place are also being broadcast.
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