Monday, June 13, 2011

Eight workers were exposed to radiation Fukushima

.- At least eight workers who tried to control the damaged reactor of a nuclear plant in northwest were exposed to more radiation than allowed under new safety rules, officials said Monday the government. Three of the six reactors at the Fukushima plant merged after the tsunami and the March 11 left without electricity to the complex.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the area. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Tokyo Electric Power, also known as TEPCO, earlier reported that two workers were exposed to more radiation than allowed. The exhibition of six workers was discovered after nearly two thousand 400 employees were tested, officials said.

Workers have been struggling to achieve a stable end leaky reactors after the powerful earthquake and tsunami of March that triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986 history. There is a growing concern for the safety of employees while continuing the fight to contain the crisis and TEPCO has acknowledged will be difficult to achieve the goal of stabilizing the reactors in January.

Many experts believe that the radiation risk of cancer and other diseases increases with the amount of exposure. "The announcement is very unfortunate," said Hide Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan's nuclear regulatory agency. Nishiyama said that the Agency for Nuclear and Industrial Safety in Japan had requested TEPCO to investigate the causes of exposure and take steps to ensure that it does not recur.

The government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been harshly criticized for its handling of nuclear disaster, which caused a complete rethinking of the future of nuclear energy in the country prone to earthquakes. It is estimated that the tsunami that hit the ground after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake came at 14 meters, about two and a half times the height of the protective wall in Fukushima.

The earthquake and tidal waves that followed killed nearly 24 thousand people.

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