High levels of radiation detected near elementary school pool in Tokyo

Original story from (Mainichi Japan) October 18, 2011

High levels of radiation were detected near a pool at an elementary school in Tokyo, prompting officials to cordon off the area.

The Adachi Ward Office announced on Oct. 17 that 3.99 microsieverts of radiation per hour were detected near a machine house for a pool at the Higashifuchie Elementary School in the ward.

According to the ward office, the high levels of radiation were observed five centimeters above the ground below a gutter attached to the machine house. Since there is no drainage, it is easy for water to accumulate in the area, ward officials said. Officials have taken such emergency measures as roping off the area to prevent people from entering.

“We believe the levels detected are localized and would not affect human health, but we will look into our response as soon as possible,” said a ward official in charge of crisis management.

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