Fukushima Park: One Hour Limit for Playing
Do Not Bring Elementary School Age Children or Younger to the Park!
- the Fukushima City Parks and Greenery Division
French version of this article is here
Akemi, a single mother of Fukushima had voluntarily evacuated to Kyoto, over 500 km away. She took the following photos when she visited her parents' home in Fukushima in March 2013. The radioactive fallout due to the accident is called "environmental radiation" as if it were part of nature. Discrepancies exist between the official air dose rate after decontamination and the level detected by her radiation detector.
What the sign says:
For those using the park:
Due to the effect of environmental radioactivity, please be careful of the following points in using the park.
For inquiry, contact Fukushima City Parks and Greenery Division (Phone 525-3765)
This is the park where the sign is posted. Akemi says identical signs were posted at three parks near her parents’ house. The sand pit is covered with
blue tarp and weighted down. Akemi says this park used to be a green park. Akemi had sent her son to Kyoto by himself first, but while she was visiting him in Kyoto for a week in August 2012, the
green park was turned into a regular playground. Was it part of the decontamination effort? Akemi says there is a child who walks through this park every day on the way to
*The photo above the park, where a house is under construction.
Any park will have official air dose rates displayed after decontamination. The sign at this
park states the measurement was taken on March 11, 2013, and the air dose rate is 0.186
μSv/h. However, Akemi's Radex registers 0.49 μSv/h, nearly 2.5 times as high as the official air dose rate.
For more information, go to http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.com/.