07 Jun '11, 5am

Japan more than doubles estimates of radiation leaked from Fukushima nuclear plant, ahead of official probe

Japan more than doubles estimates of radiation leaked from Fukushima nuclear plant, ahead of official probe

Cars belonging to evacuees are screened for leaked radiation from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan has doubled its initial estimate of radiation leaked ahead of an official probe on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - JAPAN has more than doubled its initial estimate of radiation released from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in the week after the March 11 tsunami, ahead of the launch of an official probe on Tuesday. The nation's watchdog, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (Nisa), now says it believes 770,000 terabecquerels escaped into the atmosphere in the first week - compared to its earlier estimate of 370,000 terabecquerels. The findings were released on the eve of the first meeting Tuesday of an independent 10-member academic and expert panel that will look into the causes of the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl a quarter-...

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