Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan: 'Up To 160 Workers Risk Radiation' at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

The number of people exposed to radiation from the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan may reach as high as 160, a Japanese nuclear safety agency official said.

Nine people had already shown possible exposure to radiation from the plant, based on information from tests by municipal authorities and other sources.

Authorities suggested the number exposed could now be as high as 160 people, the official from the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said evacuations around both affected nuclear plants were well underway.

A 12-mile radius was imposed on the Fukushima Daiichi plant with an estimated 170,000 people already evacuated.

A six-mile exclusion zone was in place around the nearby Fukushima Daini station, with an estimated 30,000 people told to vacate the area. (read more)