How high are the radiation levels in Japan?

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    The levels fluctuate depending on exactly where you are in Japan. If you’re far away from the recent nuclear disaster, the levels are, on average .081 microsieverts per hour. Right near the blast, the levels are as high as 23 microsieverts per hour, and in a close radius around that, they go from about 1 – 7 microsieverts per hour.

    To give you an idea of how this relates to other radiation, you get about .1 microsievert exposure when you get a chest x-ray. Radiation sickness sets in at about 1,000 microsieverts, or 1 sievert.

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