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Radiation in seawater around Japan plant 4,385 times over legal limit
March 31, 2011 / 2:36 AM / in 7 years

Radiation in seawater around Japan plant 4,385 times over legal limit

TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) - The levels of radioactive iodine found in seawater near Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant was 4,385 times more than the legal limit on Thursday, the nuclear safety agency said.

The level was the highest recorded since the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Deputy Director-General Hidehiko Nishiyama told a news briefing.

He added that this did not present a health risk because nearby residents have already been evacuated from a 20-km (12-mile) zone around the complex that extends out to sea.

Editing by John Chalmers

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