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Plutonium found outside Japan Nuclear plant..

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM
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Radiation from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors has now contaminated the ground and the sea surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi complex, as officials fear that some of the reactors may already be in partial meltdown.

Watch: Were Warning Signs Ignored in Japan?Power company officials admitted today that plutonium has been found in the soil near the plant, though officials stressed that the amount of radioactive material was small and not a threat to the public, the Associated Press reported. Radiation has also been detected in as far as a mile north of the plant.

Inside the plant, the problems are serious. Video captured smoke billowing from reactors two and three, a visible sign of the catastrophe happening inside.

On Monday, workers continued to pump out radioactive water inside the plant, according to the AP. Officials said the contaminated water must be taken out before workers can restart and restore the plant's cooling system.

Radioactive water has been found in all four of the reactors at the plant.

The news comes a day after officials apologized for an inaccurate reading of a major increase in radioactivity which caused a panic that led workers to flee the plant. The inaccurate reading was confirmed as a mistake Sunday night by operators at the plant.

"The number is not credible," said Tokyo Electric Power Company spokesman Takashi Kurita. "We are very sorry."

The mistake prompted harsh criticism from the government.

"Such a mistake is not something that should be forgiven or acceptable," said government spokesman Yukio Edano.

ABC News went to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company to ask Kurita about the latest in a number of conflicting reports coming from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

"We are so sorry to inconvenience everybody," he told ABC News. "We are trying to stabilize the situation. We are trying to give out the most accurate information." Asked why more help has not been brought in, his response was surprising.

"I agree with you actually, but we are doing our best but at the same time the government and also many companies are economists and defense force and fire department, all sorts of people have been supporting us to calm down the situation," said Kurita.  Heres the link to read the rest..

I really hope it doesn't mess with our ocean too badly. I live in Hawaii and am having second thoughts on going to the beach. I also don't think I will be eating any seafood any time soon.


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