Japan live blog: Company says radiation exposure could have been avoided
Local residents clear debris around their homes in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture on March 26.
March 26th, 2011
05:55 AM ET

Japan live blog: Company says radiation exposure could have been avoided

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit northern Japan on March 11, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on the quake's aftermath and check out our interactive explainer on Japan's damaged nuclear reactors.

[5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:41 p.m. Saturday in Tokyo] An official with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, apologized Saturday and said the exposure of three workers to highly radioactive water could have been avoided with better communication.

Hideyuki Koyama said tests of water found in the basement of the No. 1 reactor's turbine building on March 18 showed high levels of radiation.

That fact - and a general sense that water accumulating in turbine and others buildings around the plant may be dangerously radioactive - did not appear to resonate on March 24 during an operation in the No. 3 reactor's turbine building. On that date, three workers were exposed to between 173 and 181 millisieverts of radiation, including two with direct exposure on their skin, while laying cable.

Koyama said that radiation alarms went off while the men were working, but they continued with their mission for between 40 and 50 minutes assuming it was a false alarm.

[1:55 a.m. ET Saturday, 2:55 p.m. Saturday in Tokyo] Airborne radiation levels continue to fall outside the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, though concerns remain about potentially ominous breaches in reactor cores after water showed alarming radiation levels in tests at two locales.

An official with the Tokyo Electric Power Co. - which operates the facility - told reporters Saturday that water samples from the turbine buildings for the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors similarly found high levels of radiation.

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  1. Amygadalus communis

    Coming with Authority
    2 Corinthians 13:1-6
    This will be the third time I am coming to you. "By mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."
    I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare-since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
    For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
    Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indees you are disqualified.
    But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.

    We are One. It's that simple.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. becness

    Ok, thanks.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Amygadalus communis

    J. Robert Oppenheimer. Look him up.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Amygadalus communis

    Evacuate-ASAP.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. meagainandagain

    3th time i post this and i suspect my JP IP is been filtered (or CNN dont atract anyone with something less than superficial to comment)
    refugees may not get in the shelters due to certificates of "clean of radiation"
    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/81204.html
    (the news had been removed from kyodo)
    And i would no longer be worry about that spinach. Some vegetables were found with up 22000 beqs of iodine and 80000 Becqs of cesium...
    But some guy will appear soon saying a cat scan per week is just fine...

    March 26, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Da Meglet

    Is anyone really surprised? I saw this coming a week ago. They're shooting tons upon tons of water in these radioactive buildings with open spent fuel pools, on a beach. DUH!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. L64

    I know the people handling this are not dumb, so the misinformation has to be intentional. I say they are doing it to prevent mass panic and to save face in the world community.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    I'VE been drinking suntan lotion for the last three weeks.. it not only protects aginst the sun but blocks radiation..

    March 26, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. L64

    Does it taste like a pina colada?

    March 26, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Reader

    @ RuffNutt Still half asleep , thought u said "Helps protect against sun butt radiation , LOLOL

    March 26, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    🙂 shoulda sais "but also blocks"..

    also tin foil helps too..

    if the sun had a butt.. if it farted would that be a solar falare?

    March 26, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      keep em comming I need to wake up I'm almost there buddy

      March 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. L64

    Lolol reader!

    March 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    im tired.. my dog was barking all night last night.. i think that maybe the rainbow demon man was outside trying to get me again..

    he looks like a leprechaun but has a rainbow suit and is made of pure concentrated evil..

    March 26, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    Or maybe a big burp!

    March 26, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. L64

    Well, it stormed here last night so my dog was sitting on my head. Not condusive to sleep. Rainbow man, huh...

    March 26, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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