Radioactivity Spikes Again in Sea Near Fukushima Plant

It could be a sign of more leaks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2011 4:31 PM CDT
Radioactivity Spikes Again in Sea Near Fukushima Plant
In this image released Saturday by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the damaged housing of Unit 3 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is observed with a drone.   (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

Radioactivity has been rising in the seawater around the Fukushima nuclear plant in recent days, which could mean that the plant has new leaks, reports AP. Japanese authorities today reported increased levels of iodine-131, cesium-134, and cesium-137. "We want to determine the origin and contain the leak, but I must admit that tracking it down is difficult," said a government official.

The development came after yet another aftershock today, this one measuring 5.9-magnitude. It appeared to cause no damage but prompted authorities to again order nuclear plant operators to make sure their quake preparedness systems were in order. The AP also takes note of an unconfirmed newspaper report saying the government plans to dismantle Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Read more Fukushima Dai-ichi stories.)

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