Radiation at a children’s park – level 2

28-04-2015 07:00

A man discovered high levels of radiation at a children’s park in Japan. Four years after the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese are worrying about nuclear contamination again.

The playground is more than 155 miles (249 kilometres) from Fukushima. It is not clear why the radiation levels are high at the park, but officials believe that it is not connected to the disaster at Fukushima. The park is now fenced off.

A man who lives in the area reported the high radiation. Families in eastern Japan measure radiation around their houses. They do not trust the government which says that most places are safe after the Fukushima disaster.

Difficult words: contamination (there is a contamination if something is dirty from something very dangerous), official (a person in a position of authority), fenced off (closed off by a fence).

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