High Levels Of Radioactive Cesium Detected In Fish Off Chiba (200 Km From Fukushima Nuke Plant)

High levels of cesium detected in fish off Chiba (NHK, Feb 18, 2013):

Fish caught in waters off Choshi City in Chiba Prefecture have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the government safety limit.

Choshi is nearly 200 kilometers south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Chiba Prefecture says it found 130 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in Japanese sea bass caught about 10 kilometers off Choshi on Thursday of last week. The acceptable limit is 100 becquerels.

It is the first time that higher-than-permitted levels of radioactive substances have been found in fish landed at ports in the prefecture.

Local fisheries cooperatives have already voluntarily suspended their shipments of sea bass after 60 becquerels of cesium per kilogram were detected in the fish caught off Choshi in December.

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