Nihonmatsu used to be just one town, but after the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant last year, an entire town close to the power plant had been forced to relocate.
Many of the residents of Namie are now living in a temporary housing complex in Nihonmatsu. It’s at this housing complex the municipal government of Namie decided to set up a whole-body dosimeter in an attempt to better monitor the health of its residents.
Yeah, that sounds reassuring!
So far 17% of Namie residents, predominately under 40 years old, has undergone some form of internal radiation measuring tests. The whole-body dosimeter will help not only finish the screenings on all residents but also provide long term monitoring.
This program comes after town officials were not made aware of the radiation levels of certain areas following the Fukushima meltdown. Residents were initially evacuated to sites later discovered to have been highly radioactive.
The whole-body dosimeter is set up to check the levels of internal radiation exposure of about 50 residents a day. Screenings routinely take less than three minutes with results given on the spot. The goal is to have every Namie resident screened by the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
So glad nuclear power is safe!
This is our world today, my friends. And nuclear continues to power much of it.