Praying in a Tokyo church could expose you to radiation levels higher than Chernobyl dead zones.
In the same manner that Japanese authorities failed to prevent the Japanese nuclear disaster earlier this year, the authorities are dealing with radiation fallout –– in Tokyo. They are not telling the whole story. Locals armed with their own dosimeters are clocking levels higher than at the exclusion zone of Chernobyl. What one resident found at his 11-year-old kid’s baseball field is radiation levels that can make you sick. Another test found the highest radiation dose, in an undisclosed area of a church. Some 20 hotspots have since been identified.
Church officials, reports the New York Times, do not want to announce the name of the church or the location of the radiation hotspot to avoid widespread panic.
In the locally-created Radiation Defense survey, the group says that the church is in the Sugamo district and it measured 2 million becquerels of cesium 137 in a square meter, well above the 1.5 in Chernobyl that forced residents to locate.
One physicist Edwin Lyman from Washington said the difference in Japan is that in Tokyo the radiation is occurring in hotspots. It is not widely dispersed. Given that, it is still advised to do a clean up because over time communities of people may be exposed to well over the recommended yearly dose of radiation.
Meanwhile watch out for nuclear wasabi from Japan. It could be contaminated as local farmers around the radiation hotspots near Tokyo had no idea that their land was contaminated.
Just after the disaster Tafline interviewed nuclear activist and scientist Dr. Helen Caldicott on the Japanese nuclear crisis, which affects not only the Japanese but the health of our planet.
Despite the writing on the wall, countries with unstable political futures like Saudi Arabia and Jordan are dead set on going nuclear. We feel ashamed that humanity doesn’t stop this destructive form of energy immediately.
Update: Monday, Oct. 17 – the image above is not the church mentioned in the story, as a reader points out. It is for illustration purposes only.
Image of Japanese church via mujitra