With the crisis in Fukushima ongoing, fears over the radiation threat continue to dominate headlines.But the radiation situation in Japan’s financial heart, Tokyo, is better than Hong Kong, and hardly higher than New York or London, according to Bloomberg.
According to the most recent data, here’s how the cities match up:
- UK annual average – 0.251 microsieverts/hour
- Hong Kong – 0.14 microsieverts/hour
- Tokyo – 0.109 microsieverts/hour
- New York – 0.095 microsieverts/hour
- London – 0.08 microsieverts
So why were so many people fleeing Tokyo in the wake of the disaster? Simple, the headline number increased by 30 times, according to Bloomberg, so to a person not understanding how small the numbers are to start, it seems quite big.
That doesn’t mean the situation around the reactor site, however, is any better or less alarming.
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