24 Mar '11, 3am

Elevated radiation levels in Tokyo's tap water has led to a surge in demand for bottled water in the Japanese capital

Elevated radiation levels in Tokyo's tap water has led to a surge in demand for bottled water in the Japanese capital

A worker loads boxes containing bottles of water onto a truck to distribute to households with infants, at a warehouse in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - WORKERS loaded trucks with boxes of bottled water to distribute across the city on Thursday after residents cleared store shelves following warnings that Tokyo's tap water had elevated radiation coming from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear complex. Anxiety over food and water supplies soared a day after city officials reported that radioactive iodine in the tap water was measured at levels considered unsafe for babies over the long term. 'The first thought was that I need to buy bottles of water. I also don't know whether I can let her take bath,' real estate agent Reiko Matsumoto said of her daughter, Reina, age 5. 'I am very worried.' Tokyo supermarket clerk Toru Kikutaka said water sold out almost immediately after the news...

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