Highest radiation levels to date found near storage tanks in Fukushima
Radiation levels near the water storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant were found to be the highest detected so far The Japan Times reported on Thursday.
Tepco spokesman, Mayumi Yoshida said Wednesday readings of 2200 millisieverts were detected in the same area where levels of 1800 millisieverts were found on Saturday. He also said the difference may just be due to a slight difference in location from where the measurements were taken. The utility found 4 radioactive hot spots near the storage tanks last weekend which led to the discovery of a leaking pipe which has been repaired. The cause of the current high readings is still being investigated.
Last month 300 tons of radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks, in what Japan’s Nuclear Regulation authority said was the most serious incident since the reactors melt down in March 2011. Tepco has increased the number of inspections of the tanks in a bid to prevent another large leak from occurring.