March 15, 2011

THIRD EXPLOSION INCREASES FEAR OF RADIATION LEAK AT JAPAN NUCLEAR PLANT

A third explosion and a fire at a nuclear power plant in Japan has caused radiation levels to sky-rocket.

Radiation at the plant has reportedly increased to potentially harmful levels, of 400 millisieverts per hour.

That’s 400 times the maximum amount viewed as acceptable in one year.

The country’s leader asked residents to stay calm even as he warned of considerable radiation leaks after the new blast damaged the core container of one reactor and a fire broke out in another unit.

Tuesday, Japan banned flights within a 30 km range of the Fukushima nuclear plant amid radiation fears due to a series of explosions at the facility.

The ban by the transport ministry excludes search and rescue aircraft and is not expected to have a major impact on commercial flights.

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