Fukushima-1 NPP Radiation 8 Times Above Safety Levels
Nuclear radiation at Japan's Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant has reached 8 times above the acceptable government safety guidelines.
According to reports of the operator of the plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the levels of nuclear radiation around Fukushima NPP have risen to 8 millisieverts per year, surpassing the government standard of 1 milliseviert, reports ITAR-TASS.
TEPCO officials told the press that the main reason behind the drastic increase in radiation were X-rays coming from storage tanks holding radioactive water that has been leaking from the Fukushima facility.
The State Nuclear Regulation Authority held a meeting on Friday aimed at curbing the rising levels of radiation at the plant.
According to the nuclear regulator, TEPCO must indicate specific deadlines for the reduction of radiation exposure in the area of the plant under 1 milliseviert.
Another leak of water with high content of radioactive substances was registered at the Fukushima plant on December 22.
The Japanese government has so far granted USD 473 M to contain the fallout from the stricken plant.
Millions at fatal risk as Fukushima radiation poisons Pacific
12 January 2014 Voice of Russia
The main risk will be to the people of Japan, and it’ll be people who live along the coastline of Eastern Japan who will be greatly at risk. It’s within one kilometer from the sea. Just in terms of cancer there’ll probably be about 400,000 to 800,000 extra cancers in Japan in the next 50 years as the consequence of this.
It will be absolutely measurable. The nuclear industry says it cannot be measured over the background rate, but it will be certainly measurable. We’ve already seen some effects in infant mortality and thyroid cancer in Japan. So this is just going to get worse. We are going to see a major effect on the general health of the Japanese population in Eastern Japan. It’s going to be quite measurable. There’s going to be a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in the death rate.