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Fatal Radiation Level Found At Japanese Plant

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Monday that it measured the highest radiation levels within the plant since it was crippled by a devastating earthquake. However, it said the discovery would not slow continuing efforts to bring the plant’s damaged reactors under control.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power, said that workers on Monday afternoon had found an area near Reactors No. 1 and 2, where radiation levels exceeded their measuring device’s maximum reading of 10 sieverts per hour — a fatal dose for humans.

The company said the reading was taken near a ventilation tower, suggesting that the contamination happened in the days immediately after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, when workers desperately tried to release flammable hydrogen gas that was then building up inside the reactor buildings. The release, known as venting, failed to prevent crippling explosions that destroyed the reactor buildings.

The company said the workers who found the reading were safely protected by antiradiation clothing.


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  1. You think the Japanese government is concerned about how their tragedy affects the rest of the world? Especially after the A-bomb droppings on their two cities?

    Why are we sleeping on this very severe matter. Dump concrete or whatever they did to Chernobyl NOW!

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