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Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards
A fish caught in the waters near Fukushima Daiichi‘s main reactor on Friday had over 2,500 times the legal limit of radioactivity for human consumption. Caught by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the murasoi fish bore the highest levels of radioactive particles seen to date—25,000 Becquerels per kilogram, which is 2540 times higher than current Japanese safety standards. According to findings, contaminated water is still leaking from the nuclear power plant.
More than a year after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused the three nuclear reactors in Fukushima to malfunction, scientists are still finding evidence of high levels of radioactivity in the water near the sites. Up to 40 percent of bottom-dwelling fish in the area is still showing signs of radiation, although no major physical abnormalities were detected.
According to researchers, there are two sources of contamination: radioactive particles released from the plant that settled on the sea floor and the groundwater seeping into the ocean from the plant, as a result of pouring tons of water a day into the reactors to keep them cool. Meanwhile, Tepco has been installing a series of nets beneath the surface of the water to restrict the migration of the contaminated fish and keep it from reaching the neighboring fisheries.
Via Daily Mail
Photos by Tepco
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