04 Jul '11, 10pm

Radioactive caesium-137 found in Tokyo tap water again

Radioactive caesium-137 was found in Tokyo's tap water for the first time since April as Japan grapples with the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. The level was below the safety limit set by the government. Caesium-137 registered at 0.14 becquerel per kg in Shinjuku ward on July 2, compared with 0.21 becquerel on April 22, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health. The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan sets a safety limit of 200 becquerel per kg for caesium-137. Prolonged exposure to radiation in the air, ground and food can cause leukaemia and other cancers, according to the London-based World Nuclear Association. Bloomberg

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