Japan Nuclear Plant Radiation Levels Hit New High
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Recorded radiation levels at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant continue to rise, with the latest readings showing a jump of more than 20 percent, according to the country's nuclear regulator.
The station's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, said on Wednesday that the higher levels are due to more sensitive detection equipment and that no new leaks had been detected, Al Jazeera reported.
Radiation hotspots have spread to three holding areas for hundreds of hastily built tanks storing water contaminated by water being flushed over the three reactors that melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011.
The rising radiation levels and leaks at the plant have prompted international alarm, despite the Japanese government saying on Tuesday it would step in with almost $500m to fix the growing levels of contaminated water at the plant.
Readings just above the ground near a set of tanks at the plant showed radiation as high as 2,200 millisieverts (mSv), the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said on Wednesday.
The previous high in areas holding the tanks was 1,800 mSv recorded on Saturday.