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Radioactivity found in Fukushima mushrooms

Other News Materials 4 April 2011 08:18 (UTC +04:00)
Japan's Health Ministry said it had detected radioactivity above legal limits in mushrooms sampled Friday in Fukushima prefecture, where the crippled nuclear power plant is located, dpa reported.
Radioactivity found in Fukushima mushrooms

Japan's Health Ministry said it had detected radioactivity above legal limits in mushrooms sampled Friday in Fukushima prefecture, where the crippled nuclear power plant is located, dpa reported.

Officials said the mushrooms contained 3,100 becquerels of radioactive iodine and 890 becquerels of radioactive cesium, which have respective legal limits of 2,000 becquerels and 500 becquerels, Kyodo News service reported Monday.

The announcement prompted the local government to ask farmers to voluntarily refrain from shipping mushrooms, it said.

The Science Ministry also reported that a helicopter examining air samples at an altitude range of 160 to 650 meters had detected radiation of more than 10 times higher than normal in the prefecture.

"Radioactive substances have spread to higher altitudes in the atmosphere," the ministry said.

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