Engineers working on a leaking reactor at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant have been evacuated after extremely high levels of radiation were detected there on Sunday.
Radioactivity from the leaking water at the second reactor has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts/hour — 10 million times higher than when the plant is operating normally.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters there was a “low possibility” that it would affect the nearby coastline and that there were no reports of “any adverse impact on marine life.”
Japan’s nuclear agency said early on Sunday that levels of radioactive iodine in seawater around the plant had spiked to 1,850 times higher than normal.
Fukushima was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami over two weeks ago, which claimed more than 10,000 lives.
More than 17,000 people are still missing.