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

    I like the new special k chocolate.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    try cocca-puffs and use chocalte milk..

    i still like count-chocola..

    March 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L64

    I.m more of a cocoa krispies kinda girl than a cocoa puffs.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    whats wierd is that if you mix cooca krispies with fuity peppbles its not to bad..

    March 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. L64

    Eww! That sounds like something my daughter would do! Lol

    March 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    the thing that i think is most funny is that the ja-paneese built this reactor with there smartest people and they put the back up generaters down low by the ocean so they could get swamped by the water...

    kinda like those people in the king kong village... they built this big wall to keep king kong out but made a big giant king-kong sized door for him to come thru and get them...

    March 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reader

    Yes those so called smarties seem to think backwards , why's that. I mean they have earth quacks all the time

    March 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herbert

    Break time from pp/wrk IRS. 1st I feel for those folks in Ja/p*n. Homeless, dead, etc. 2nd I'm so happy w/CNN reporting TV and On-Line. Thks CNN. 3rd I am using Gin when I should use Vodka. And vice-versa and versa-vice 4th It seems that

    March 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reader

    4th it seems what ?

    March 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L64

    I'm frustrated my posts aren't posting!

    March 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L64

    I'm frustrated my posts aren't posting! Grr

    March 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. L64

    And now they duplicate! Arghh

    March 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad W.

    @L64: I am an assistant principal in the state of Ohio. Sit on my lap, and I will get you a teaching job sweet heart. And yes, I am in the staffing committee sweet buns.

    March 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    Lol I already have a job, but thanks.

    March 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brad W.

    So move. I will give you the best teacher appraisals you've ever had. I will give you the best administrative support in the nation. Just sit on my lap.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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