The Straits Times
Published on Sep 06, 2012

Pentagon maps Japan radiation, doses safe: US personnel


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Pentagon on Wednesday posted a website mapping the amount of radiation to which the tens of thousands of Americans in Japan at the time of last year's earthquake and nuclear disaster were exposed and said none of the doses posed health risks.

The 9.0 magnitude March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, triggering meltdowns, spewing radiation and prompting the Pentagon to announce voluntary evacuation for families of service members stationed in Japan.

The temblor generated a tsunami wave of up to 10m that swamped the Fukushima plant and the surrounding Tohoku region of central Honshu.

The website showed radiation dosages between March 12 and May 11 at 13 locations in Japan where most of the nearly 70,000 United States (US) military-affiliated population lived.