Excessive levels of radiation have been found in a village nearly 25 miles away from the chaos that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
Still not enough to prompt the Japanese government to insist on creating a larger ring of evacuation. Authorities still insist it is only necessary for people living up to 12 miles away to leave their homes.
Denis Flory, a deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency told Reuters, “We have advised (Japan) to carefully assess the situation and they have indicated that it is already under assessment.”
Time is not helping matters at the nuclear facility, water loaded with radiation continues to seep into the soil and ocean creating an even more complex problem. Crews need to keep water flowing in to keep reactors and fuel rods cool, and at the same time pump out contaminated water.
Hidehiko Nishiyama with the nuclear safety agency said, “the amount of water is enormous, and we need any wisdom available.”
Anne Lauvergeon, the head of Areva, France’s largest nuclear power company, speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, “There is no precedent (for this kind of problem), and its very complex.”
More help is on the way, France is sending some of its top nuclear scientists and the U.S. has shipped a remote controlled robot.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Tokyo meeting Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Sarkozy says the world must learn from this crisis, and he suggested that the Group of 20 nations agree to international nuclear safety standards.
“It’s completely abnormal that these international safety norms don’t exist,” said Sarkozy.
At Fukushima, brave workers continue to expose themselves day in and day out to deadly amounts of radiation. Wearing protective gear around the clock and downing food from cans, they have been at it almost from the moment an earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11.
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