Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Friday, March 11, 2011

It gets worse: Report -- Radioactive material may have leaked from Japanese reactor damaged in earthquake

A mammoth earthquake and subsequent tsunami may have caused radioactive material to leak from an atomic power plant in northeast Japan, a major electric company said Saturday, according to a news agency report.

Citing the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Japan's Kyodo News Agency said that radioactive substances may have seeped out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo. Earlier, the agency had reported that authorities may purposefully release radioactive vapor to alleviate pressure at the power plant.

Radiation levels measured at a monitoring post near the plant's main gate are more than eight times above normal, Japan's nuclear safety agency said, according to Kyodo.

These developments come a day after the quake ravaged the Asian nation, shutting down power to more than 1.6 million people and stoking fears of a crisis at the nation's atomic plants. (read more)