Japan live blog: Radiation levels spike near damaged nuclear plant
A rescue team looks for bodies among destroyed houses and debris in the tsunami-damaged town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture on March 26.
March 27th, 2011
09:19 AM ET

Japan live blog: Radiation levels spike near damaged nuclear plant

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.

[9:16 a.m. ET Sunday, 10:17 p.m. Sunday in Tokyo] Tokyo Electric says it is re-checking its results for a form of radioactive iodine in water from the No. 2 reactor's turbine building at Fukushima Daiichi after Japan's nuclear safety agency questioned extremely high figures released earlier Sunday.

[1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Tokyo] Radiation levels in pooled water tested in the No. 2 nuclear reactor's turbine building at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant are 10 million times normal, a power company official said Sunday. Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency reports the surface water showed 1,000 millisieverts of radiation. By comparison, an individual in a developed country is naturally exposed to 3 millisieverts per year, though Japan's health ministry has set a 250 millisievert per year cumulative limit before workers must leave the plant. One person was working in and around the No. 2 reactor when the test result became known, according to an official with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant. That individual subsequently left, and work there has stopped until the government signs off on the power company's plan to address the issue.

The process to start removing pooled water from that building had been set for late Sunday morning, Hidehiko Nishiyama, an official with Japan's nuclear safety agency, previously told reporters.

[1 a.m. ET Sunday, 2  p.m. Sunday in Tokyo] Radiation levels in pooled water tested in the No. 2 nuclear reactor's turbine building at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant are 10 million times normal, a power company official said Sunday.

Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency reports the surface water showed 1,000 millisieverts of radiation. By comparison, an individual in a developed country is naturally exposed to 3 millisieverts per year, though Japan's health ministry has set a 250 millisievert per year cumulative limit before workers must leave the plant.

One person was working in and around the No. 2 reactor when the test result became known, according to an official with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant. That individual subsequently left, and work there has stopped until the government signs off on the power company's plan to address the issue.

The process to start removing pooled water from that building had been set for late Sunday morning, Hidehiko Nishiyama, an official with Japan's nuclear safety agency, previously told reporters.

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  1. Lil D

    I'm so glad people think its a joke. Its global. Thank those who govern us.

    March 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lil D

    I will stand proud. For what I said.

    March 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rukidding12

    8day half life for 131 and they say the 10 million times normal report was in error. They will pump the contaminated water into the ocean and replace with fresh water , flush it a few times , wait a few days, then take a new reading. Remember the owner is seeking a 20 billion dollar loan. No need to track this any longer it's in full cover up mode. They are car salesmen , hello and or duh.

    March 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boiling mad

    All malcontents speak up. We need your IP so when we start eliminating threats to the nuke mafia we know where to find you. Really any worthless eater should consider upgrading status to usful idiot and join the military or homeland security. The really rich and powerful are in their core so very fearful and NEED to control those vast in number. Advance humanity by replacing fear and fear of loss with knowledge and a NEED to know, if you can. There are too many sheeple and that is the REAL threat. Remember that lamb can always be on the menu.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. david s

    @danny you are right the news media is the mouth piece for the goverment ! We only hear what they want heard & see what they want seen! How about this are weather systems for the most part start out in the western pacific . Ok so it should be likely then them systems draw up radio active particals and thus rain it down on the north american lawns of you and your freinds and there fore get'n in the fresh water we all need!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L64

    Where from david?

    March 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. trio

    It's all so sad the end is near so beware!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. trio

    were from what?

    March 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. L64

    I was asking david where he was from since he said he was a country boy.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. david s

    sorry was eating supper

    March 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. david s

    I was born in swampy old FL. left there when I was 14 and I have called the ozarks of AR my home for the other 21 years I have always been a country boy its the way I was raised

    March 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. L64

    Cool. I am in ark as well.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. david s

    @ I realy like your post! Maybe we should start protesting its about the best I've heard!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    Ty!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. david s

    Realy what part of AR.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
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