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. banasy

    gk, they do this every weekend...nothing new there.

    @Jazz: I work at a library.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz7

    OOOO, that explain it , now I know why u seem to have some knowledge , good for u:)

    March 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazz7

    Opps, 🙂

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

    Wow! So no one is protesting or killing or threatening or passing under the table laws? Had no idea everyone took the weekend off.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazz7

    Yes, I noticed that a long time ago , no news on the weekends. A real news org. would be the true 24 hrs @ 365

    March 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L64

    Very true, jazz. I'd like a real time, all the time, unbiased site...but then l'd like a million dollars and that's not happening either!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    Lol , ya unfortunatley this aint a perfect world , just gives us all something to talk about I guess , what do you think Banasy ?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Thanks, Jazz! I'm pretty neutral about most things, though. I'm Switzerland!
    And, L64, no news is good news...right? (We hope!!) But they do seem to take the weekend off, even if the news doesn't!

    March 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazz7

    Switzerland , ?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L64

    True, banasy, but l seriously doubt nothing is happening. Anyone else notice the labor disputes in wis all but disappeared?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L64


    March 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazz7

    YES , I did forget about that thanks L64, but I do like CNN for bringing us all together. Bansay what about Switzerland ?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    ok, that's the only place that is neutral ?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    I think world events have been very timely for the governor there.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. L64

    They've been neutral through all wars.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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