Radioactive materials’ level found 1,250 times higher than legal limit in sea near Fukushima plant

March 26th, 2011 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Mar 26 (ANI): Levels of radioactive materials are increasing in the sea near the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, the government’s nuclear safety agency has said.

The Kyodo news agency quoted the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency as saying that 131 radioactive iodine, 1,250.8 times higher than the legal limit, has been detected in a seawater sample taken around 330 meters south of the plant, near the drain outlets of its troubled four reactors.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Corporation, surveys that had begun this week have revealed that the level rose to its highest as of now, adding that it is highly likely that radioactive water in the plant has been diluted into the sea.

Government officials however have assured that the rise of radiation level in seawater will not pose any immediate risk to human health.

The issue however has raised concern over fishery products in northeastern Japan as highly radioactive water has been found leaking near all four troubled reactor units at the plant, the report said. (ANI)

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