A recent announcement by the Fukushima government said residents checked for radiation caused by the nuclear accident after the March 11th quake and tsunami have alarming levels of exposure.
The people who were examined came from the three municipalities close to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The tests administered on 1,730 residents revealed that these people were exposed to radiation levels at a maximum level of 37 millisieverts for the four months following the onset of the nuclear crisis.
The All Japan newsese government has set a safe level of radiation exposure at 1 millisievert annually.
The highest level of radiation found on four children was computed at 4.98 millisieverts per year- a figure almost five times of the safe limit.
Ninety-eight percent (98%) of those examined have an exposure level equivalent to less than five millisieverts.
The local government of Fukushima will continue to conduct health checks among its estimated two million residents. Whole body counters and urine tests are conducted to measure internal radiation exposures for people who are exposed to long hours outdoors such as farmers and construction workers, as well as mothers and children who were evacuated from the no-entry zone in the 20-kilometer radius away from the damaged nuke plant.
Results of the examination will be made public soonest and will be sent to examinees by mail.