Radiation levels fall at stricken Japan nuclear plant

TOKYO, March 15 Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:36am EDT

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Radiation levels fell at Japan's quake-stricken nuclear power plant on the northeast coast, the Japanese government said on Tuesday, after an earlier spike in radiation.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, more than 200 km north of Tokyo, had fallen dramatically to 596.4 microsieverts per hour as of 0630 GMT.

That level is almost 700 times less than the levels reported in the morning, after two fresh blasts at the complex. (Editing by Mark Bendeich)