More Radioactive Dirt Found 61km From Fukushima

More Radioactive Dirt Found 61km From Fukushima

Japanese officials have announced the discover of even more radioactive material beyond the confines of the Fukushima plant, this time a staggering 61km away. The material in question is strontium - and although detected in low levels, is dangerous.

Strontium 90 is particularly concerning, as it replaces calcium in the body's skeleton, emitting beta rays from within, and has a half-life of 50 days. Not something you want in your dirt. [Kyodo News and Mainichi]