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High radiation water found outside Japan's Fukushima nuke plant

March 29, 2011 - Tokyo

Highly radioactive water has been found outside No.2 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, said Tokyo Electric Power Company officials.

The water was found in an underground maintenance tunnel, with one end located about 55m from the shore. The leak in a tunnel has raised fears of radioactive liquid seeping into the environment.

Radiation levels were measured at 1,000 millisieverts an hour, an amount that can cause temporary radiation sickness.

However, TEPCO said there was no evidence that the contaminated water had reached the sea.

TEPCO said that plutonium was also detected in soil at five locations at the plant but not at levels that represented a risk to human health.

According to The BBC, the twin discoveries came hours after the government criticized TEPCO for issuing incorrect readings from the plant.

TEPCO said radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi reactor No 2 were 10 million times higher than normal before correcting that figure to 100,000.

Later, the company apologized for giving incorrect readings.


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