Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dangerous Radiation Levels Reported at Japan's Stricken Nuclear Plant

apanese officials say radiation levels have reached dangerous levels around an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant after a fire broke out in a storage pond holding used nuclear fuel rods.

In a nationally televised statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the radiation level is "very high" and that there is a high risk of more radiation escaping. Anyone living within 30 kilometers of the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant has been urged to remain indoors.

Increased radiation has been detected as far away Tokyo, about 240 kilometers to the south, but officials said levels there are not a threat to public health.


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