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Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards
Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On January 22, 2013 @ 10:05 am In Environment,environmental destruction,News,Water Issues | No Comments
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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