Japanese officials said Saturday that they have detected elevated levels of radiation in a residential area of Chiba.
The hotspot was found on a plot of vacant land in Kashiwa on Friday, after a concerned resident reported high radiation levels, NTV reported. Authorities tested the land and reported a reading of 57.5 microsieverts an hour.
Kashiwa is located in northern Chiba, and has a estimated population of 404,820 people.
The reading is higher than several areas within the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant that was evacuated by the government, according to Science Ministry data.
Authorities said that once they buried the hotspot under sand and a sheet, the reading fell to 0.4 microsieverts an hour, NTV reported.
Despite initial fears that the spike in radiation readings was a result of fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, authorities said there is a low probability that the two are connected.© Japan Today