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. L64


    March 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reader

    ok, got ya another friend to my check list, did u read that post on Martin luther king , Jazz seems like a hard worker and hot like a good women , and no not devorced just lost her before i could ask , gotta go talk later buddy

    March 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. L64

    Lost about 5 posts! Sigh. Ok. So we all kissand make up and have chocolate? 🙂

    March 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      cant buddy trying to lose this gutt , but a nice tall cold beer would surfice

      March 26, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. L64

    I didnt know there was a friends list!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |

    @herbert.. i like orange sherbert..

    if i ever paint my car it's going to be orange sherbert colored..

    March 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      Blue is for boys ,a nice sky blue

      March 26, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. L64

    I like lime sherbert.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      vanilla something cant remember at the moment

      March 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. L64

    Me? Lol dont think lve been called buddy before. Have a beer!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Reader

    are u a women or a man ?

    March 26, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. L64


    March 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      Opps then dont read the post below below , just intringed with her , Jazz I mean , she sounds very passionit

      March 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reader

    they say you can tell alot about a person my how many friends he has , but I think it's about if you have a few close friends , why wont anybody tell me about Jazz ?

    March 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

    hey i been doing an experiment.. i buttered up 5 pieces of toast.. then i fliiped them up in the air.. all 5 landed butter side down... why is this?

    i think that if the ja-pansese spread butter all over the reactor that it might keep the radioactive stuff trapped inside..

    March 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Reader

    Ur crazy how do u think these things up, ur making me procrastinate on my walk. I will blog later and come up with a few of my own for u , around 5pm say , gotta a lot to do today , later and on the same blog , so long everyone , Bye Jazz ":)

    March 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. L64


    March 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    Posting today sucks!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

    some post toasties would be good right about now..

    March 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Welcome back kotter...where hae you been?

      March 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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