22 Mar '11, 12am

An 'abnormally high' level of radioactive substances was detected in the seawater near the Fukushima nuclear plant: Tepco

An 'abnormally high' level of radioactive substances was detected in the seawater near the Fukushima nuclear plant: Tepco

Abnormally high levels of radioactive substances were detected in the seawater near the quake-crippled Fukushima plant in Japan. -- PHOTO: AP OSAKA (Japan) - ABNORMALLY high levels of radioactive substances have been detected in seawater near a quake-crippled nuclear power plant in Japan, its operator said early on Tuesday. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said the level of iodine-131 was 126.7 times higher and caesium-134 was 24.8 times higher than government-set standards. The substances were detected in seawater which was sampled Monday about 100 metres south of the Fukushima No.1 plant, a Tepco official said. The level of caesium-137 was also 16.5 times higher while that of cobalt-58 was lower than the standard, Naoki Tsunoda added, stressing the levels were not a threat to human health. -- AFP

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