Monday, 4 July 2011


Radiation chart bigger here.

So, a week or so ago Fuji TV got wind that Abiko is a hotspot of radiation and sent a crew out to prove this. Which they duly did - they found radiation danger of 9.0 micro sieverts per hour in a puddle of rainwater in Our Man's neighbour's garden. For the record: Our Man thought that was high. Very high. A lot higher than the air radiation he has measured in his own backyard - 0.24 micro sieverts per hour.

Our Man could pretend he understands radiation, but he doesn't really. But he knows a chap who does, Agent J of who kindly responded to Our Man's quest for intel, and here it is:

In other words: chill, people.

Our Man didn't ask Agent J about the story that was doing the rounds over the weekend about Cesium being found in the urine of children in Fukushima, but Our Man would hazard a guess that the levels are miniscule. That's not to lessen the horror of it, but methinks the kids will suffer more through life by the social stigma or fear that "they are radioactive!" than the reality, which is that probably they are fine.

That's not to say that TEPCO, the firm that "managed" the Fukushima plant should get off lightly. They are at best incompetent, at worst wittingly careless, ie evil scum. See here for report about what really happened at the reactor.

Meanwhile, let's not forget thousands of folk still without homes and a livelihood are in need of our support now. Perspective, people.


BiggerInJapan said...

"But what if recirculation pipes and cooling pipes, burst, snapped, leaked, and broke completely after the earthquake -- long before the tidal wave reached the facilities, long before the electricity went out? This would surprise few people familiar with the 40-year-old Unit 1, the grandfather of the nuclear reactors still operating in Japan."

As someone who works in an engineering-orientated environment I find there is nothing surprising about this - personally believe it is even likely the case.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Yes, which does beg the question, how safe are all the other 57 nulcear power plants dotted around this nation of earthquakes and strong winds.

BiggerInJapan said...

errr, not?