Hot spots around the school and protective measures distributed to Oguni Elementary School

Measuring the level of radiation by the school yard
Measuring the level of radiation by the school yard

Investigation by CRMS Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station and its protective measures taken

 

On Sunday July 8, 2012 from 1 to 4 PM, a local group called "the Association to Restore Clean Oguni from Radioactive Contamination" and a few members of the Parent-Teacher Association took radiation readings around the school. The survey confirmed the effect of the decontamination work done on the school ground. However, the survey also found hot spots scattered around, including the school bus boarding area and from there to the main gate of the school, alongside the school ground, south and east sides of the swimming pool, and behind the gymnasium. In order to ensure the safety, bamboo sticks wrapped around in red tape were put up at these locations, and the students were warned not to go near them.

The level of radiation at the hot spot was so high that Hitachi-Aloka TCS172B, a type of Geiger counter whose detection limit is 30μSv/h, could not detect
The level of radiation at the hot spot was so high that Hitachi-Aloka TCS172B, a type of Geiger counter whose detection limit is 30μSv/h, could not detect

Investigation by the School Facilities Department and its protective measures taken

 

On Wednesday September 12, 2012, the Department of School Facilities conducted a hot spot survey. They checked the street gutters and draining ditches in the area east of the school, near the sundial. (Usually nobody would go there due to high grass.)

 

Immediately, one day later, workers came and removed the sand from the gutters and ditches, and shielded the mount of sand stored in a corner of the school ground. As a result, the radiation level went down from 179μSv/h to 3.9μSv/h. The radiation level is very high in this hot spot where the mud and sand from the ditches is stocked in one location. A sign prohibiting the entry was placed, and the students were instructed not to go close to them.

 

CRMS (Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station)

There is a hot spot 2m below the fence beside an elementary school
There is a hot spot 2m below the fence beside an elementary school
CRMS prepared bamboo sticks with red tapes
CRMS prepared bamboo sticks with red tapes

The waste after decontamination is collected in plastic bags and stealthily placed in a open field
The waste after decontamination is collected in plastic bags and stealthily placed in a open field

This article is extracted from the CRMS report:

The Condition of the Specific Spots Recommended for Evacuation
On December 11,CRMS (Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station) published a report on the condition of Specific Spots Recommended for Evacuation (SSRE). It highlights the destruction of community caused by the creation of SSRE providing some examples of the residence living in the spots.
The Condition of the Specific Spots Reco
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    stuart barnett (Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:05)

    wow living with that much radiation must be terrifing but what can you do? most people do not have the means to up sticks and move away