Japanese workers struggling to contain a crisis at a crippled nuclear plant discovered a crack in a pit leaking highly radioactive water straight into the sea, the firm operating the facility said.
Japan has found radiation above the legal limit in beef from near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.
The health ministry said Friday a reexamination showed no radioactive substances in beef from Fukushima Prefecture where the nuclear power plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is located.
The day began with company officials reporting that radiation in leaking water in the Unit 2 reactor was 10 million times above normal, a spike that forced employees to flee the unit
Later in the day, however, NISA questioned Tepco’s math, prompting the utility to say it had miscalculated.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), was the target of further criticism amid reports that some workers at the site had not been provided with personal radiation monitors....
"We have our suspicions about their isotope analysis," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a Nisa spokesman. Tepco said that a computer software fault could be responsible for the high readings, but added that the data could turn out to be accurate...
"The safety of our employees is our primary concern," he said, "but keeping up morale is a big challenge."
According to the few reliable descriptions of conditions at the plant, the workers are given just two meals a day – crackers and a small carton of vegetable juice for breakfast; dried rice and canned fish or chicken for dinner – and take naps in cramped corridors on lead-lined sheets to limit their exposure to radiation.
"That's where they sleep, with only one blanket each to wrap themselves around," said Kazuma Yokota, a Nisa official who spent five days at the plant.
Yokota said the rush to save the plant meant some workers had been unable to change their underwear..
Heck of a job, Brownie. Keep up the disinformation, crackers and canned chicken for meals, lead-lined sheets on cold concrete floors for bedding, and keep those risking their lives in three week old dirty underwear. Keep the morale high. Good job Brownie.