Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fukushima nuclear reactors evacuated after radiation spikes

Workers battling to prevent nuclear meltdown at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant were evacuated on Wednesday morning after radiation levels became too dangerous for them to remain.

The withdrawal has further hampered efforts to secure safety at the atomic power plant and avert a major radiation leak. The government's chief spokesman, Yukio Edano, said the emergency crew, which had been dousing the plant's reactors with seawater in an attempt to stabilise their temperatures, had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas. "The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now. Because of the radiation risk we are on standby," he said.

Read more at The Guardian

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