Radiation levels rise above limit at quake-hit plant: Kyodo

TOKYO Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:26pm EST

The exterior of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen in this still image taken from undated file video footage. Japan battled to contain a radiation leak at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on March 13, 2011, but faced a fresh threat with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor. Operator TEPCO said it was preparing to release some steam to relieve pressure in the No.3 reactor at the plant 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo -- which would release a small amount of radiation -- following an explosion and leak on Saturday in the facility's No. 1 reactor. REUTERS/NHK via Reuters TV

The exterior of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen in this still image taken from undated file video footage. Japan battled to contain a radiation leak at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on March 13, 2011, but faced a fresh threat with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor. Operator TEPCO said it was preparing to release some steam to relieve pressure in the No.3 reactor at the plant 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo -- which would release a small amount of radiation -- following an explosion and leak on Saturday in the facility's No. 1 reactor.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Radiation levels have risen above the safety limit around Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) nuclear plant hit by a massive earthquake and the company has informed the government of an "emergency situation," Kyodo agency reported on Sunday.

It did not mean an immediate threat to human health, the company said.

The company said earlier that it had started releasing steam from a reactor at the plant. A similar rise in radiation levels occurred after the company released radioactive steam from another reactor to let go of pressure. Then again the company was obliged to inform the government of an "emergency situation."

(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka)

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Comments (17)
Kawosa wrote:
6 reactors down and 2 to go. God must not like Japanese people! They could be glowing soon. Prayer is needed now for sure.

Mar 12, 2011 9:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jj93939 wrote:
Nuclear power plants need to be put in the past-it’s a poinson but people are too ignorant- history repeats itself- havnt we learned from chernobyl? it’s a toxic way of producing electricity- and there is no way to get rid of the waste- let’s put this technology in the past- and populate deserts full of solar panels – much more cleaner and healthier

Mar 12, 2011 9:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
spektor wrote:
linked from drudge and no one has blamed it on Obama yet.. I’m shocked I tell you shocked!

Mar 12, 2011 9:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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