Fish radiation levels top the charts

2013-01-18 22:37
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Tokyo - A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2 500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said on Friday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254 000 becquerels per kilogramme - or 2 540 times more than the government seafood limit - was detected in a "murasoi" fish.

The fish, similar to rockfish, was caught at a port inside the Fukushima plant, a TEPCO spokesperson said.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was battered by a towering tsunami following a huge earthquake on 11 March 2011, causing reactor meltdowns which spewed radioactive contamination into the atmosphere.

Fishing around Fukushima was halted and the government banned beef, milk, mushrooms and vegetables from being produced in surrounding areas.

- SAPA
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