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Streets in Seoul radioactive

May 8, 2012

The pavement’s hot, and it’s only spring


South Korea has radioactive streets:

In case you wonder, symptoms consistent with long-term, low-level exposure to radioactivity (irritated eyes, swollen lymph nodes, persistent sore throat, et cetera) persuaded me to leave Korea last week.

Now I’m in Vietnam, which is hot in only the old-fashioned sense of the word.

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie posts, for now, from Hanoi, Vietnam. Contact:


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  1. I have been trying to find out if the radiation from Japan has or will affect Vietnam. Can you provide any insight? Thank you.

    • Thanks for your message. Though I have yet to see any ground-level readings from Vietnam, I can say from personal experience that ambient radioactivity here must be much lower than in Korea, because my symptoms consistent with long-term, low-level radiation exposure (irritated eyes, hemorrhaging, body aches, headaches, persistent sore throat, swollen lymph glands, et cetera) have diminished greatly during the single week that I’ve spent in Hanoi. Something on my mind, however, is the risk of contaminated food from Japan getting exported all over Asia. So, even in Vietnam, it might be a good idea to check the origin of your groceries. Please visit the and websites for updated information.

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