12 May '11, 7am

Greenpeace says high radiation in Japan seaweed

TOKYO: Environmental activist group Greenpeace said Thursday it had detected radiation far above legal limits in seaweed samples taken from the ocean off Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. Greenpeace, which sent its Rainbow Warrior flagship to take samples of marine life and water, called on Japan's government to undertake comprehensive radiation testing of seaweed along the Fukushima coast. Initial tests of 22 seaweed samples collected at distances up to 65 kilometres (40 miles) out to sea from the plant "registered significantly high levels of radioactive contamination," the group said. Ten seaweed samples showed levels of over 10,000 Bequerel per kilogramme, the group said. It did not specify if the contamination was from iodine-131 or caesium-137, the official safety limits for which are 2,000 Bequerel per kilogramme and 500 Bequerel per kilogramme respectively....

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