Radiation levels spike at Fukushima via ABC News

Mark Willacy reported this story on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 08:06:00

TONY EASTLEY: Just when some Japanese were beginning to think that they might have been over the worst of the radiation scare after the March quake and tsunami, authorities have been shocked to find record levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy is 100 kilometres north of the plant.

Mark Willacy, good morning. This has caught authorities by surprise.

MARK WILLACY: Yes it certainly has, Tony. This reading is extremely high.

It’s 10 sieverts per hour. Now, we’d usually be talking in micro sieverts or mili sieverts. This is a much higher level of detection and it’s at 10 sieverts per hour.

Now that’s, according to officials, would be fatal to any worker if they were exposed to that for any length of time and it’s 2.5 times the previous record radiation levels that’s been measured at Fukushima.

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