Monday, February 13, 2012

Fukushima Firewood

Yet more unanticipated fallout effects

High radioactive content detected in ash from wood stoves

February 11, 2012
Ash from wood-burning stoves in Miyagi Prefecture has been found to contain alarmingly high levels of radioactive cesium.
Up to 59,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram has been detected in samples from the northeastern prefecture, the Environment Ministry said Feb. 10.
In late January, the ministry inspected logs and ash collected from private households in nine municipalities in the south of Miyagi Prefecture, close to the border with Fukushima Prefecture, site of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant....
The radioactive content in the ash ranged from 1,180 becquerels per kilogram in a sample from Kakuda to 59,000 becquerels per kilogram in a sample from Marumori....

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