Fukushima Radiation Levels ’18 Times Higher’ Than Thought [Photo]
Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported have been found near a water storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, renewing concern about the safety of the damaged nuclear plant. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), revealed radiation near the bottom of the tank measured 1,800 millisieverts an hour – high enough to kill an exposed person in four hours. Last month Tepco declared that another storage tank with the same design as the aforementioned tank, had leaked 300 tonnes of radioactive water, possibly into the sea. The incident has raised from level 1, an “anomaly”, to level 3, a “serious incident” amid growing criticism of Tepco attempting to cover up the severity of the damage at the power plant.