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. L64

    River valley

    March 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. david s

    @L64 do u know where mountian home is?

    March 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L64

    Yup

    March 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david s

    Im not sure where river valley is what river is it on?

    March 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. L64

    Lol the arkansas. Im not naming my city. The river valley is the area at the foot of the mtns.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david s

    i live about 30 Miles east of there in viola ,Ar you blink and you missed it lol

    March 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. L64

    Im not too far from the u of a

    March 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david s

    I dont blame you thats why I just ask what river it was!Hey if you don't mind and you see jazz7 tell her I will be on here 2morrow thanks . Its bed time for me 4:ooam comes mighty early good talking 2u catch ya'll later on!

    March 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. david s

    I know what your say'n thats cool well goodnight

    March 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. david s

    @jazz7 had 2 go to bed maybe we can chat 2morrow and find me a.new name lol

    March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L64

    Indeed.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Herbert

    Yea Jazz, most men are pigs. Most women are pigs. But u Jazz7 are a doll!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gary Teal

    This is a live blog? One or two entries a day? We all want more information and there has to be more than this. You could even report a theory or rumor as long as you label it correctly. It's morbid but you could update feared dead numbers, give us some links to maps – which roads are open? Thanks for what you're doing but CNN has the resources to do more than this. (If not, buy me a cheap flight to Tokyo and a safe hotel room and I'll make useful entries every fifteen minutes.)

    March 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TokyoVP

    There are strong indications that there has been cesium fallout of significant levels, perhaps creating a dead zone, some 40KM from Fukushima to the north west. The contamination of soil is above the acceptable limit, according to both Yomiuri and Asahi newspapers. Here is a good commentary on the comparison to Chernobyl dead zones:

    http://uvdiv.blogspot.com/2011/03/mbqm2-cs-137-fallout-in-iitate-village.html

    March 28, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. david s

    Why don't they have plans in place to solve these problems before they happen? I think that should be #one on their priority list before they could even be aloud to build even one of these disasteress energy sources!In my opinion I think its all about the power of the allmighty dollar too much planing might cut in to the profit !We as consumers just fuel the beast with money so we might power our houses,cars and any thing else that needs energy to run!And the goverment isn't any better we get taxed up one side and down the other. We get taxed when we get our pay check .We get taxed when we buy food,diapers for your kids we get taxed for being taxed ! Is that not a big part of the war with england! Come on I know and understand the need for taxes. But about the only place I see my taxes and social security going is down the drain's of war ! And for what oil if crimes against humanity were the case we would have been helping the countrys that have no oil were such said crimes have been commited!

    March 28, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
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