Radiation monitors spike in western Japan to one of highest in months
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 several MEXT monitoring stations in the western part Japan showed significant spikes in radiation, recording the highest levels in at least 100 days (Plotted MEXT data provided by atmc.jp only dates back 100 days).
This news came after Enenews.com reported on 14th of February that all MEXT monitoring stations in and around the Greater Tokyo Area showed significant spikes in radiation. This includes Tokyo (Shinjuku), Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Ibaraki. (source and plots for Feb. 14)
Earthquakes in the region on Feb. 14
- M6.2 on Feb. 14 at 15:22 JST
- M5.5 on Feb. 14 at 12:28 JST
February 15, 2012 radiation readings
Graphed data created based on reports from http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/ja/monitoring_by_prefecture/
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