Radiation Near Tokyo Tied to Rain After Disaster via The Wall Street Journal

TOKYO—After the discovery of the most radioactive “hot spot” so far outside Fukushima prefecture, officials of Kashiwa, a bedroom community just north of Tokyo, began combing through roadside gutters and playgrounds Monday to find and clean up tainted spots.

Officials examine soil where a high level of radiation was detected in Kashiwa, near Tokyo, on Monday.

In the latest sign that radioactive material has spread far beyond the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said the area in Kashiwa, about 200 kilometers from the plant, was likely contaminated as a result of cesium-laced rain that fell soon after the March 11 disaster.

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