Tokyo, May 28: Radiation up to several hundred times normal levels has been detected on the seabed off the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Japan’s Science Ministry has said.
The ministry said that highly radioactive materials were detected in a 300km north-south stretch from Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to Choshi in Chiba Prefecture, the Kyodo news agency reports.
“Iodine and caesium was detected on the seabed at 12 locations 15km to 50km from the coastline between May 9 and 14,” the ministry said.
It also warned that the contamination could affect the safety of seafood.
The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was damaged by the devastating March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
The plant has been releasing large amounts of radioactive material, and the nuclear emergency level is currently on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, described as the world’s worst ever-peacetime nuclear event. (ANI)