March 30, 2011
Radioactive iodine at a concentration of 3,355 times the legal limit was identified in a seawater sample near the plant, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said Wednesday. This is the highest contamination level yet.
Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said the exact cause of the contamination was unknown, according toÂ Kyodo.
The government maintains that the most-toxic water has been contained in trenches and that it has not seeped into seawater or groundwater.
Meanwhile Tokyo Electric are pouring more seawater onto the reactors to cool them, thus creating new contaminated water, which will have to be contained and stored.
In another sign things are getting worse, Tokyo Electric stock plunged another 20% last night.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 4:23 am