28 Mar '11, 3am

Tepco says radioactive iodine 1,150 times the legal limit was detected in water near Fukushima plant reactors 5 and 6

Tepco says radioactive iodine 1,150 times the legal limit was detected in water near Fukushima plant reactors 5 and 6

Tokyo Electric Power Co detected radioactive iodine 1,150 times the legal limit in waters near the Fukushima nuclear plant's reactors 5 and 6. -- PHOTO: AP OSAKA - THE operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has detected radioactive iodine 1,150 times the legal limit in water 30m from reactors 5 and 6, the nuclear safety agency said on Monday. Those two reactors were under maintenance when a huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit, triggering a devastating 14m tsunami that tore into the north-east coast and crippled cooling functions at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Previously Tokyo Electric Power, the operator, said that reactor five's external, non-emergency power connection had been restored and cooling of its spent fuel pool had resumed. At reactor six, the emergency power generator and cooling functions had been restored, Tepco had said. On Sunday, levels of radioactive ...

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