News Flash 28.4.11 sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org
Japanese authorities have the media totally under control. The kind of figures released serve the purpose of calming the population and creating “normality”.
The population at large anticipates that the worst is over and TEPCO will have sorted everything by the end of the year. People understand that the financial burden has to be carried by the state which has created a budget of some $50 billion to deal with the aftermath.
Health concerns have been reduced to a local issue and the government has expanded the evacuation zone accordingly. The rest of Japan is safe. In the wake of this successful media campaign a small directive gets little attention:
“As of 21.4.11 schools and kindergartens can now emit up to 3.8 Microsievert per hour”
Assuming a child spends eight hours daily in an environment emitting 3.8 Microsievert per hour this adds up to around 20 mSv per year. The worldwide average is 2.4 mSv/year from background radiation. To call 20 mSv for a child safe is not only irresponsible, it is plain and simply criminal.
Assume further that the child’s home is in the vicinity of the school and is emitting at the same level. This child will absorb 60 mSv in a year. Telling people that such an environment is suitable for human inhabitation amounts to genocide.
The town of Koriyama has 15 schools and 13 kindergartens. The mayor had all grounds tested and cannot comply with the directive. Since yesterday morning bulldozers and heavy earth moving equipment are removing the top soil from all schools and kindergartens. The soil will be dumped temporarily within the town limits. As of now they have no idea how to dispose of it finally.
The mayor hopes that this action will be sufficient to make him comply with the 3.8 Microsievert limit. But what about the homes of the parents and families, shops, streets and parks?
Koriyama is located about 20 miles south of the town of Fukushima and about 40 miles west of Fukushima I power station. Koriyama is in an absolutely safe location.