June 15, 2011
Tokyo’s local government launched a large-scale radiation survey on Wednesday, sending officials out to parks, school playgrounds and other locations to reassure parents over the aftermath of leaks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The survey will be conducted at 100 locations. Previous readings had been restricted to a single site in the city of more than 13 million.
“We were asked by mothers who are worried about the safety of their children. Also, people want to know what radiation levels are like in their own neighbourhood,” a Tokyo government official said.
Concerns in Tokyo, 240 km (150 miles) southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, spiked after residents were warned after the March 11 quake and tsunami not to give babies tap water because of radiation leaks.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 3:28 am