The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2011
Citizens’ Testing Finds 20 Hot Spots Around Tokyo
“TOKYO — Takeo Hayashida signed on with a citizens’ group to test for radiation near his son’s baseball field in Tokyo after government officials told him they had no plans to check for fallout from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like Japan’s central government, local officials said there was nothing to fear in the capital, 160 miles from the disaster zone. Then came the test result: the level of radioactive cesium in a patch of dirt just yards from where his 11-year-old son, Koshiro, played baseball was equal to those in some contaminated areas around Chernobyl.” […]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/world/asia/radioactive-hot-spots-in-tokyo-point-to-wider-problems.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

Strontium Found in More Locations
http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/breaking-news-strontium-was-found-at-two-more-different-locations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FukushimaDiary+%28Fukushima+Diary%29

NHK News (Japanese), Oct. 15, 2011
Highly Radioactive Vapour Splashing from Underground at Fukushima
Summarized translation at Fukushima Dairy:
“It turned out to be true that water vapor (steam) was splashing (erupting) from underground in June. 10/13/2011, Tepco conducted measurements by robot around where water vapor was splashing. They measured 4.7 Sv/h, where it was 4.0 Sv/h in June. It is located at South east side of the reactor 1. According to Tepco, it was splashing from underground in June, but now it’s stopped.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20111015/k10013279041000.html

NHK World, Oct. 15, 2011
“High concentrations of radioactive cesium have been found in plankton from the sea near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.Researchers from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology collected plankton in waters up to 60 kilometers from the coast of Iwaki City in July. They found 669 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in animal plankton from waters 3 kilometers offshore. They say a wide range of fish feed on animal plankton and that the contamination could accumulate in the food chain and have a more serious impact when it gets into relatively large fish. The research group’s leader, Professor Takashi Ishimaru, says the plankton were so heavily contaminated because sea currents continuously carried contaminated water southward from the nuclear plant. He says detailed studies are needed to determine how long the effect on fish will continue.”
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/15_08.html

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