Record radiation level found in Japan fish

2013-03-16 11:49
Fukushima (File, AFP)

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Tokyo - A record level of radioactive material was detected in a fish captured near a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima, news reports said on Saturday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, which runs the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, found a record 740 000 becquerels per kilogramme of radioactive caesium in the greenling in waters near the plant, the Kyodo News agency reported.

That is equivalent to 7 400 times the country's limit considered safe for human consumption.

The operator has installed a net on the sea floor of the port exit in Fukushima prefecture to prevent fish near the sediments of contaminated soil from going anywhere, Kyodo said.

The previous record of caesium concentration in fish was 510 000 becquerels per kilogramme detected in another greenling caught in the same area, Tokyo Electric said.

The plant suffered meltdowns at three of its six reactors after it was hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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