30 Mar '11, 4am

Seawater near Fukushima plant was found to contain 3,335 times the legal amount of radioactive iodine - the highest yet

Seawater near Fukushima plant was found to contain 3,335 times the legal amount of radioactive iodine - the highest yet

Japan's nuclear safety agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama attends a news conference on Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - SEAWATER outside the hobbled nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine - the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean, officials said on Wednesday. The amount of iodine-131 found offshore some 300m south of the coastal Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant does not pose an immediate threat to human health but was a 'concern,' said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency official. He said there was no fishing in the area. 'We will nail down the cause, and will do our utmost to prevent it from rising further,' Mr Nishiyama said. The power plant has been leaking radiat...

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