30 Sep '11, 3pm

Plutonium 'detected outside Fukushima plant'

TOKYO : A limited amount of plutonium has been detected in soil outside Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant which was crippled by the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster, the government said Friday. It was the first time plutonium had been found in government tests outside the plant, presumably due to the nuclear accident, the worst since 1986 Chernobyl, the education and science ministry said in a statement. Plutonium was detected in soil at six places in a survey which was conducted in June in an area within 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the ministry said. Nuclear reactors at the plant suffered meltdowns after cooling systems there were knocked out by the double disasters. Plutonium has been already detected in the plant's compound, some 220 kilometres from Tokyo. The highest density of plutonium-239 and 240 -- 4.0 becquerels per squar...

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