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Level of Radioactivity in Seawater near Fukushima Plant Near Hitting Record Updated: 2011-04-25 12:00:00 KST

Level of Radioactivity in Seawater near Fukushima Plant Near Hitting Record
The amount of radioactivity in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is about to hit the highest-ever level recorded in history.
According to the Asahi Shimhun on Sunday, officials measured 1-hundred-86 becquerels per liter of radioactive substances in the sea just 34 kilometers from the crippled power plant on April 15th.
This level is about 20-thousand times higher than the permissible annual standard set by the Japanese government.
The highest level of contamination in history was 2-hundred becquerels per liter in the Irish Sea in the 1970s when a nuclear fuel reprocessing factory discharged cesium-137.
Meanwhile, Tokyo is reportedly considering building an underground wall near the Fukushima power plant to contain the spread of radioactive material through soil and groundwater.

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