Radioactive Contamination Found in Japanese Children  via NTI

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011A medical site located near Japan’s damaged Fukushima atomic facility reported finding small amounts of radioactive cesium in 50 percent of grade school and middle school students tested since late last month, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Oct. 24).

“We will offer periodic checks to students to keep records of their health conditions,” one hospital staffer said.

The six-reactor power plant was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people missing or dead in Japan. Radiation releases on a level not seen since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster forced the evacuation of about 80,000 residents from a 12-mile ring exclusion zone surrounding the site in Fukushima prefecture (Shin Matsura, Asahi Shimbun I, Oct. 25).

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