Report: Biggest radiation dose outside Fukushima zone

By REUTERS
December 13, 2011 11:52

TOKYO - Residents outside Japan's Fukushima exclusion zone were likely most exposed to radiation in the four months after the nuclear plant was wrecked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the local government said on Tuesday.

Their exposure of 19 millisieverts is just below the annual limit set by an international nuclear safety body, it said.

The greatest exposure was in the town of Iitate, where residents were allowed to take their time to leave, located 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the plant and outside the 20 km evacuation zone imposed by the government.

The March disaster knocked out reactor cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co and located 240 km (150 miles) northeast of the capital, triggering radiation leaks over a large swathe of northern and eastern Japan, contaminating vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water.


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