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Tokyo Parents in Shock: Playground Contaminated With Radiation

© AP Photo / Ted S. WarrenA sign warning of radioactive contamination
A sign warning of radioactive contamination - Sputnik International
The level of radioactive contamination at a playground in Tokyo exceeded the allowed annual radiation limit two hours after a measurement.

Japanese parents are in shock as extremely high levels of radioactive contamination were detected at a playground in Tokyo on Friday, media reported.

The radiation reached extremely high levels, causing anxiety among Tokyo residents. Its level was 480 microsieverts per hour, equal to a half the recommended annual limit of 1,000 microsieverts for adults.

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It is still unclear what kind of radioactive substance caused such radiation levels in the park which was opened in 2013, two years after the Fukushima disaster. The site is currently fenced off and the radiation in other parts of the park is lower, the Japan Times reported.

Two days earlier, a radioactive drone was discovered on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office building.

Whether these two phenomena are related to the Fukushima accident is not clear. The Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) are extremely cautious in their statements on the issue.

In March, Tepco was reported to have hidden information about a leak at the Fukushima reactor for ten months. During this time, radioactive water flowed into the sea, causing shock among the local population and fishing companies.

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