The UN nuclear watchdog has suggested Japan consider widening an evacuation zone around a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant as radiation continues to leak into seawater near the plant.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Thursday radiation measured at the village of Iitate, 40km from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, exceeded a criterion for evacuation.
Radioactivity in the seawater has reached more than 4,000 times its legal limit, the Reuters news agency reported.
“We have advised (Japan) to carefully assess the situation and they have indicated that it is already under assessment,” Denis Flory, the IAEA’s deputy director general, said.
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