The latest on Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis

Posted on March 26, 2011

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The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION

By: The Associated Press

Posted: 03/27/2011 3:04 AM | 

Radioactivity in contaminated water in one reactor unit at a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant tested 10 million times higher than normal, forcing the evacuation of workers and again delaying efforts to bring the complex under control, the plant’s operator says. The air in Unit 2, meanwhile, measured 1,000 millisieverts per hour — four times the limit of 250 millisieverts deemed safe by the government, Tokyo Electric Power Co. says. TEPCO is struggling to pump the contaminated water from four troubled units at the overheated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Japan’s nuclear safety agency had warned Saturday that radioactivity inside the units was rising fast and that extracting the radioactive water was a priority. The development has been a major setback in the mission to get the plant’s cooling system back up more than two weeks after the massive earthquake and tsunami. The official death toll from the disaster stood at 10,489, with more than 16,620 people listed as missing, police say.

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