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Radioactive soil traced to contaminated rainwater due to broken ditch via The Mainichi Daily News

Rainwater contaminated with radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant likely leaked through a broken ditch, causing high levels of radioactive cesium in the soil in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, the central government said Oct. 23.

The government made the announcement after the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry conducted an on-the-spot inspection of a hot spot emitting up to 276,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram of soil on a plot of public land in the city’s Nedo district.

The ministry’s findings revealed widespread fallout of radioactive materials from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The city will consult with the ministry about how to decontaminate the affected area.

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