Amid More Radiation Detection In Japan, Calls For Wider Evacuation
Japan’s nuclear safety agency says there is more radiation leaking because of damage at Reactor No. 3. (h/t NPR)
The agency was speaking to reporters about Thursday’s accident in which 3 workers were exposed to radiation from water on the floor inside the turbine building of the No.3 reactor. The level of radioactivity was about 10,000 times higher than the water inside a normally operating nuclear reactor.
The agency said while the reactor appears to have partially retained its function to contain radiation leaks, there’s a strong possibility that some part of the reactor is now damaged and the containment function is weakening.
The Japanese government is urging a greater number of citizens to leave their homes.
“The Japanese government has encouraged people living within 20 to 30 kilometers of the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture to leave voluntarily, with concerns over access to daily necessities rather than resident safety prompting the advice.”Click here for reuse options!
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