High cesium level found in fish by Fukushima plant

Mar 17, 2013 by Malcolm Foster

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant.

That's 7,400 times the government limit for safe human consumption.

The bottom-dwelling fish called a greenling was found Feb. 21 in a cage set up by Power Co. inside the port next to the Fukushima Dai-ichi , said a utility official who requested anonymity, citing company policy.

The March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant, causing meltdowns that spewed radiation into the surrounding soil and water.

Some experts speculate that radioactive water may be seeping from the plant into the ocean.

Most fish along the Fukushima coast are barred from market.

Explore further: Indians rally against climate change ahead of UN talks

5 /5 (4 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

TEPCO: Record high radiation level found in fish

Jan 18, 2013

A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said Friday.

Record radiation in fish off Japan nuclear plant

Aug 21, 2012

A pair of greenlings have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday.

Japan finds radiation traces in whales

Jun 15, 2011

Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday.

Mountains limited spread of fallout from Fukushima

Nov 14, 2011

A map of radioactive contamination across Japan from the Fukushima power plant disaster confirms high levels in eastern and northeastern areas but finds much lower levels in the western part of the country, thanks to mountain ...

Recommended for you

Green dream: Can UN summit revive climate issue?

12 hours ago

Five years ago, the environment movement was in its heyday as politicians, actors, rock stars and protestors demanded a looming UN summit brake the juggernaut of climate change.

Rio's Olympic golf course in legal bunker

Sep 18, 2014

The return of golf to the Olympics after what will be 112 years by the time Rio hosts South America's first Games in 2016 comes amid accusations environmental laws were got round to build the facility in ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

packrat
1 / 5 (1) Mar 17, 2013
My question is: How was that fish still alive?