April 12, 2011 / 11:19 AM / 8 years ago

Slight amounts of strontium found near crippled Japan nuclear

TOKYO (Reuters) - Slight amounts of strontium, a heavy radioactive metal that could lead to leukemia, have been detected in soil and plants near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan’s science and technology ministry said on Tuesday.

Japan has already detected radioactive elements including iodine, cesium and plutonium, in areas near the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power after reactors there were crippled due to a loss of power that disabled cooling functions.

Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Joseph Radford

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