Monday, March 21, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Radioactive Iodine and Cesium in Sea Water Detected

From Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese; 2:07AM JST 3/22/2011):

TEPCO announced that radioactive materials were detected beyond the limit set by the government in the sea water sample taken near the water outlet from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on March 21.

Iodine-131 was 126 times the limit, cesium-134 was 25 times the limit. TEPCO has informed Fukushima Prefecture and Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

It is possible that radioactive water from dousing the Reactors No.3 and 4 and rain may have reached the ocean.

Additional info from Asahi Shinbun (in Japanese; 2:32AM JST 3/22/2011):

TEPCO took 0.5-liter sea water near the plant's water outlet at 2:30PM on March 21.

In addition to iodine-131 and cesium-134, cesium-137 was found, 16.5 times the limit.

That would also mean that because of the dousing and rain, radioactive materials may have seeped wider and deeper into the soil.


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