Increased Radiation Levels Detected in Water Around Stricken Reactor

Radiation is spiking both in and around the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, forcing workers to evacuate the plant.

Radioactive iodine in water leaking from the No. 2 reactor's turbine housing unit soared to 10 million times the usual limit, said Tokyo Electric Power Co., where workers had been struggling to pump out radioactive water. Japan is “still far from the end of the accident," said the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the New York Times, adding, "More efforts should be done to put an end to the accident.”

A spokesman said the spike in radioactive iodine—to 1,250 times the legal limit—didn't pose an immediate threat to human health or the area environment, since the material quickly dissipates in the tides and would become diluted before reaching fish and seaweed.