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Fukushima children to receive radiation meters

world Updated: Jun 28, 2011 13:33 IST

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Radiation meters will be distributed to about 34,000 children living in the largest city near the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to monitor their exposure levels officials said Tuesday.

The decision to hand out the meters comes amid growing concern over the safety of children as the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant drags on, posing potential long-term health risks.

City officials said the devices, called dosimeters, will be distributed in September to children between the ages of four and 15 living in Fukushima city, which has recorded relatively high radiation levels since a massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the nuclear plant.