Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Japan warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) radiation is being released “directly” into the atmosphere from the site of an earthquake-stricken Fukushima reactor and radiation levels had become “significantly” higher around the nuclear power plant on Tuesday.
The French embassy said a low-level radioactive wind could reach Tokyo within hours. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the largest city on earth with a population of 35 million residents.
IAEA sources cite dose rates of up to 400 millisievert per hour — exposure to over 100 millisieverts a year is a level which can lead to cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association. The IAEA uses the unit to measure doses of radiation received by people.
Meanwhile, President Pootie Tang reaffirmed his support for the construction of nuclear energy plants in America even as Germany halts power station extensions which use nuclear power and the U.S. Navy begins to move its ships away from the crippled, leaking Japanese reactor.
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