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High radiation exposure level in Fukushima resident puzzles experts via The Asahi Shimbun

FUKUSHIMA–A Fukushima resident living well outside the no-entry zone set up after last year’s nuclear disaster was exposed to an unusually high level of radiation in the first four months after the crisis, prefectural officials said.

The resident in the northern part of Fukushima Prefecture, who spent a lot of time outdoors, had a reading of 11 millisieverts, compared with the previous maximum of 7 millisieverts for residents of areas far from the crippled nuclear plant, which were considered relatively free of risk.

The resident was among 234,000 people across the prefecture who had undergone checks for external radiation exposure as of the end of October. The dose estimates are based on the records of their whereabouts during the first four months following the disaster.

The case was reported by prefectural authorities Nov. 18 to a committee doing a survey on radiation healthcare for residents.

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