JAPAN, March 15, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the level of radiation around the quake-damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant is high enough to affect human health, NHK reported on Tuesday.
Edano told reporters on Tuesday morning that 400 millisieverts of radiation per hour had been detected around the plant’s No.3 reactor building at 10:22 AM.
He cited reports claiming that it is highly likely the containment vessel at the No.2 reactor building had been damaged. He added that the No.1, No.2 and No.3 reactors are all releasing hazardous radioactive material.
The figure 400 millisieverts, or 400,000 microsieverts, is 4 times higher than the acceptable level of radiation for humans. Such levels could lead to a loss of white blood cells. (*)