Nuclear Plant Contaminates Sea After Damage to Fuel RodsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 07:51
Nuclear Plant Contaminates Sea After Damage to Fuel Rods
By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada - Mar 22, 2011 7:02 AM ET Tweet inShare.69More
Business ExchangeBuzz up!DiggPrint Email . An aerial photograph of the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power complex in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Source: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
Water is sprayed on the No. 3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Friday, March 17, 2011. Source: Japan Ministry of Defense via Bloomberg
A file photograph taken on Aug. 21, 2010 shows channel boxes containing plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel rods in a pool inside the building housing the No. 3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station in Okuma Town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
Radiation leaked into the sea from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, raising concern that seafood may become tainted, while the site’s operator moved closer to restoring power to critical cooling pumps.
Five kinds of radioactive materials released by damaged fuel rods were detected in the sea, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said on its website. Levels if Iodine-131, which increases the risk of thyroid cancer, were 127 times higher than normal in a sample of seawater taken yesterday, the company said.
“You could swim in the water with these levels of Iodine-131, and there shouldn’t be a problem,” said Don Higson, a Sydney-based fellow at the Australian Radiation Protection Society. “The only risk might be if people eat seafood with these materials inside it and this will be something the authorities will be paying careful attention to.”