High Radiation Readings at Fukishima As Frantic Work Continues

The nuclear crisis unfolding at Japan's Fukishima Daiichi plant after a devastating earthquake and tsunami which left tens of thousands dead or missing is not over. Contamination has been found in ocean water near the plant, and radiation levels at the plant have been found to be ten times higher than initially reported as desperate efforts to contain the problem continue.

From Kyodo News:

The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said early Monday that the concentration of radioactive substances of a pool at the No. 2 reactor was 100,000 times higher than usual for water in a reactor core, correcting its earlier analysis of 10 million times higher.

Furthermore, Kyodo reports about the radioactivity found in seawater:

The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency also said Monday radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration 1,150 times the maximum allowable level was detected Sunday in a seawater sample taken around 1.5 kilometers north of the drainage outlets of the troubled No. 1-4 reactors.
AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 28, 2011, 3:12am

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