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Radioactive iodine 1,250 times over limit in Japan sea

Posted by on March 26, 2011 0 Comment

Tokyo, March 26 (IANS) Radioactive iodine 1,250 times over the permissible limit has been detected in the sea off the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, officials said Saturday.

Readings were taken at a discharge outlet of the power plant by the Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant’s operator, which found that radioactive iodine was 1,250.8 times above the legal limit in sea water near the plant, Xinhua reported.

On Friday, the government’s nuclear safety commission said the containment vessel of a nuclear reactor.

“It’s quite possible” that the vessel of reactor No.3 at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima was damaged, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a commission spokesman.

The plant’s power was knocked out by the March 11 magnitude-9 quake and tsunami, leading to overheating of its six reactors, explosions, fires and release of radioactive material at the plant, 250 km northeast of Tokyo.

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