27 Mar '11, 12pm

Radiation-exposed Japan workers discharged

OSAKA: Three workers who stepped in radioactive water inside a crippled Japanese nuclear plant will be discharged from medical care after they showed no sign of serious injuries, officials said Sunday. The trio, in their 20s and 30s, will leave a National Institute of Radiological Sciences facility in Chiba east of Tokyo on Monday and be monitored by local clinics, an official at the institute told AFP. The men stepped in a puddle of radioactive water while working to restore power at the reactor three unit of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Two of them were not wearing protective rubber boots and received an estimated dose of 2,000 to 6,000 millisieverts of radiation below the ankles. Normally about half of people who receive a 5,000 millisieverts dose across the entire body would be expected to die wit...

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