Elementary school has their students search for hotspot around the school


Japanese elementary school have their students measure radiation at a class and one of them found a hotspot of 0.8μSv/h on the roof of the building.

The school is in Hayama, near Kamakura.

In the end, they removed the contaminated soil and leaves to bury underground.

This is the report of the board of education.

On 2/14/2012, the students of the fifth grade in Hayama elementary school (10 years old) measured radiation around the school building by using the dosemeter given by MEXT. It was the class of environment education, to study radiation. As the result, a student found out the hotspot of 0.8μSv/h in gutter of the rooftop of the building.

At 16:00, the principal reported it to board of education. 0.7~0.8μSv/h was measured in the second check. Soil and dead leaves were removed.

After the decontamination, it went down to 0.04~0.05μSv/h. The removed soil and dead leaves were put into double plastic bags and beried 1m underground.

All the public schools and nursery schools will measure radiation level around gutter etc from now. In case they find hotspot, it shall be decontaminated.



Elementary school has their students find hotspot around the school


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5 Responses to “Elementary school has their students search for hotspot around the school”

  1. grace says:

    It’s time for you to check your constitution and get lawyers.


    Article 15. The people have the inalienable right to choose their public officials and to dismiss them.
    (2) All public officials are servants of the whole community and not of any group thereof.
    Article 16. Every person shall have the right of peaceful petition for the redress of damage, for the removal of public officials, for the enactment, repeal or amendment of law, ordinances or regulations and for other matters, nor shall any person be in any way discriminated against sponsoring such a petition.

    Article 17. Every person may sue for redress as provided by law from the State or a public entity, in case he has suffered damage through illegal act of any public official.
    Article 21. Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.
    (2) No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.
    Article 27. All people shall have the right and the obligation to work.
    3) Children shall not be exploited.
    Article 36. The infliction of torture by any public officer and cruel punishments are absolutely forbidden.

  2. american says:

    One thing about kids, if they have the curiosity, they will do a better job than an adult, and they’ll be honest about the work, too.

    Their kids are probably through whom the solution to radioactive contamination will be given, if there’s time left for the world.

    It would be neat if someone who is a multibillionairre would give a few kids in every American community a survey meter. Now that would be a radiation monitoring network.

  3. american says:

    And for Japan that goes without saying. It appears someone may be doing it in Japan. Hard to believe the government or Tepco would be. Probably is some teachers and/or parents. Maybe they have other benefactors.

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  5. misitu says:

    This is not a job for children!

    The adults must have had their brains washed reading too many cartoon comics when they were younger?

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