JAPAN | High level contamination in reactor building found

Posted on July 11, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 11 July 2011

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected airborne radioactive materials up to 65 times above the government’s standard inside the No. 2 reactor building.

Tokyo Electric Power Company has been conducting an investigation inside the 3 reactor buildings and in areas surrounding the buildings since early this month.

On Monday, the plant operator said robots have detected airborne cesium-134 inside the No.2 reactor building ranging from 40 to 65 times above the government’s standard.

The buildup of the radioactive air inside reactor buildings is believed to have originated from explosions and steam leaking from the damaged reactors.

TEPCO says that it’s necessary to confirm the origin and amount of radioactive materials and to reduce the density of the contamination so that work can begin to bring the reactors under control.

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