3 types of plutonium detected at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant
Authorities hold a blue sheet over patients exposed to radiation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant last week.
March 28th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

3 types of plutonium detected at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant

Three types of plutonium have turned up amid the radioactive contamination on the grounds of the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its owner reported Monday.

The plutonium is a byproduct of nuclear reactions that is also part of the fuel mix at the damaged No. 3 reactor.

It was found in soil at five different points inside the plant grounds, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said late Monday.

Plutonium can be a serious health hazard if inhaled or ingested, but external exposure poses little health risk, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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  1. i rock

    You said dik

    March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. downwithneonazies

    see no insightful comment on CNN? duh!

    March 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. j,d

    Coal power = dirty power
    nuclar power = cheap power
    Green power = expensive power
    Look @ california scince switiching over 2 more green power electricity costs went up same with oil scince fuel eficency and hybrid engines oil prices went up (the war is just a excuse not the reason y oil barrels prices went up demand for oil has been decreasing slowly)

    March 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      FYI, nuclear power is not cheap. Not even close.

      The only way it is profitable is because it doesn't have to play by the same rules as any other power source. It can't be dispatched. It's the first to come up (base load) and the last to come down. Private insurance won't touch the liability with a 10-foot pole no matter what the premium is, so the government must underwrite catastrophic insurance policies. Even with government loan guarantees, investors aren't investing in nuclear power because they know it's not cheap.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thenewguy

    How do we protect ourselves in case something goes bad

    March 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. downwithneonazies

    the real meltdown is yet to come. wall street meltdown, that is.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Koji

    CNN, please stop dramatising everything by selecting only proportion of the information out there and limiting the public from actual facts. Yes, your headlines grab attention but no you don't help anyone. Yes, trace plutonium was found, but how much? You must know because it's already been released into other media. Why did you not report the level of radiation and what the level implies in terms of risk to health? Please please understand that YOU have a massive influence on people's behaviour and sentiment so PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE about using your influence.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Why does the one guy in the picture have his hat and gloves off? And another has his gloves off? It seems to me that if you're going to bother wearing safety equipment you should wear it properly.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gary

    Everything is will kill you. So they wont tell us the truth. Russa didnt hell we didnt on three mile. Who cares? industreal acdents happen every day. Six mo. Fom now it wont even be on the back page. After 911 we wanted to kick everones ass now we dont remember what we are fighting for. You want to do away with nuke power shut your computer off ditch your cell phone and all the outher useless junk u plug in and turn on every day.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • NIBIRU

      Where is that massive solar flare when you need one. I would love to be set back 100 yrs. Then all these lazy kids would know what it's like to work to eat.

      March 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ijustsaying

    You guys will be begging for nuclear energy when the earth freezes solid. The unintended consequences of wind power overuse will slow down the prevailing winds modifying the weather and solar power will suck the sun dry.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston T. Grant

      STAY OFF the DRUGS. PLEASE.
      Good GOD ,I've never seen so many knuckleheads on a news site before..
      And I thought there were cretins on AOL.
      Solar power. "Sucking the SUN dry."
      Maybe it's time for this 'civilization" to END after all.

      March 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steamcat

    There's a lot of mixed information out there in the media about nuclear power plants, rediation leaks, etc., etc. One web site I've found very informative is at MIT – http://mitnse.com/. Good scientific explanations about what really happens in a boiling water reactor and subsequent damge as experienced in Fukushima. Proper analysis and understanding of the situation can only be based on solid scientific information.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. P

    Radiation is invisible. What is the incentive to release data unless the public has been able to detect it on their own? If the problem blows to other countries then they have an incentive to help pay for the clean-up.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weirdo

      Q. What's invisible and smells like worms?
      A. Bird fartz.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Realist

    I am surprised by the number of people still falling for the "everything is ok" "nothing to worry about" "there's no harm to human health.". You have no idea what the truth of the matter is. You foolishly rely on reports of "experts" that are PAID by those who are pro-Nuclear Power. They have to tell you there's no risk to human health because if they told us the truth, no one would quietly sit back amd allow governments to continue to invest billions of dollars in Nuclear Energy. Those profitting from that are happily living ever after in a land FAR FAR away from the radiation. Your support is helping them live their fairytale lives of proffiting from harming all the pesants.
    People just living within a 20 mile radius near Nuclear plants have higher cancer rates. Leaks can affect even larger areas and partial meltdowns and full meltdiwns can affect the entire globe depending on wind direction and precipitation. Deaths in children between 0-5 years old from leukemia was up 65% higher than any other area in the USA in the 2 years following the Three Mile Island accident. This was blown off by officials as "coincidence". I have never seen a 65% increase as coincidence.
    Mostly children, including those still in the womb will be suffering the consequences of the Fukushima Nucleae Disaster, but make no mistake, you too, no matter what your age, will have an increased risk of cancer because of it. As for plutonium, educate yourself on how serious exposure to it is. If you think for a second that plutonium is harmless, you are dead wrong.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Weirdo

    I aM so WEIRd it's CRAZY

    March 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 2pac

    I hope dis aint stoppin ninja warriors on tv, love dat show

    March 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shiv

    Go to NHK the BBC and Reuters.

    Go to whatreallyhappened dot com and you'll know...

    March 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NIBIRU

      Google LUCUS or rabbithole2.com Think for yourself.

      March 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
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