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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Radiation spikes in seawater by stricken Japan plant

Radiation in seawater inside quake-damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant might be rising, Japan's nuclear watchdog said on Friday (25-Mar-2011).
Radiation spikes in seawater by stricken Japan plant
Amid efforts to stabilise Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant, radiation levels have surged in seawater near the nuclear reactors north-east of the capital, as workers tried to remove contaminated water from it, officials said.

Radiation levels showed signs of climbing, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said.

Readings of between 200 and 300 millisieverts per hour were recorded in water at the No. 2 reactor, he said, equivalent to the maximum exposure permitted for workers during the crisis.

However, Japan's marine life is in no danger regardless of the radiation levels in the waters near the crippled Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, government spokesman Yukio Edano said on Saturday (26-Mar-2011).

"The increased level of radiation in the seawater will have no influence on marine life," Edano said during a briefing over the situation at the Japanese nuclear accident.

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