Concerns that contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi plant had spread to Tokyo subsided on Friday after high levels of radiation recorded along a street in the city were linked to old bottles of radium stored beneath the floorboards of a nearby house.
Researchers had recorded radiation of 3.35 microsieverts per hour along a street in Setagaya ward, a higher level than in some parts of the 12-mile (20km) exclusion zone around the nuclear plant.
An investigation traced the contamination to several bottles that had been stored in a cardboard box beneath an empty house.
It\’s not just that this has nothing at all to do with Fukushima.
Rather, that given the hysteria over Fukushima there are people all over Japan wandering around with Geiger Counters. And they\’re finding all sorts of little hotspots of radiation.
Some of them, possibly, might be to do with Fukushima. But those that are not do show quite how prevalent radiation is and are thus something of a problem for those who say that even a teensie bit makes people fall over dead.
If, in possibly the first time ever that near an entire nation has actually been checked for hotspots, we find hotspots that don\’t seem to have been doing any harm for however long, we do need to conclude that these low levels haven\’t been doing very much harm, don\’t we?