Fukushima workers exposed to radiation

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Aug. 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Ten workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan were exposed to contaminated mist while they were waiting for the bus.

Plant-operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was unclear how the mist, used to lower temperatures near a quake-proof building, became contaminated.

Initial tests found the workers had exposure of 10 becquerels per square centimeter above the neck, and were ordered to receive full-body scans to determine the exposure to their internal organs.

A radiation monitor sounded an alarm earlier Monday after it detected high concentrations of radioactivity. The mister was shut off and workers were prohibited from using tap water, which shares a source with the contaminated mist.

Just last week, TEPCO was forced to admit radioactive water was leaking from the facility and possibly contaminating the nearby Pacific ocean water.

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