28 Mar '11, 7am

Japan raps plant operator over radiation error

Japan raps plant operator over radiation error

SENDAI, Japan - Japan Monday criticised as "absolutely unacceptable" a radiation reading error by the operator of a crippled atomic plant, where dangerous conditions have disrupted crucial work for two days. Work has been halted at reactor two of the Fukushima plant that is at the centre of Japan's cascading disaster -- an earthquake that sparked a tsunami which in turn triggered the world's worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl. Radiation from the plant northeast of Tokyo has wafted into the air, contaminating farm produce and drinking water, and seeped into the Pacific Ocean, although officials stress there is no imminent health threat. Engineers are racing to restore cooling systems knocked out by the tsunami, but fear that radiation has already escaped, either through leaks in the steel-and-concrete reactor casings or their pipe systems. Embattled operator Tokyo Elec...

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