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article imageFukushima workers hospitalised with radiation poisoning

By Kimberley Pollock     Mar 24, 2011 in World
Two workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have been rushed to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation as they worked to restore power to a stricken reactor.
The men were working as part of a team in dark and difficult conditions trying to to lay cables in the basement of the reactor's turbine building. The work was part of the ongoing efforts to fully restore power to the plants cooling system, reports Australia's ABC News.
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) spokesman Hideyuki Nishiyama has held a press conference and says The men have been exposed to radiation “ranging from 170 to 180 millisieverts.”
An exposure of 100 millisieverts per year is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer risk is evident.
Mr Nishiyama said, "Two were sent to hospital after they found themselves in a puddle of water. Although they wore protective clothing, the contaminated water seeped in and their legs were exposed to radiation."
"Direct exposure to radiation usually leads to inflammation and so that's why they were sent to the hospital to be treated," he added.
This latest news has come just after the release of the extraordinary Fukushima 50 photos yesterday. These photos document the very difficult and dangerous conditions that the Japanese workers are enduring to try and contain the cripled reactors, while all the time exposing themselves to extremely high doses of radiation.
According to the UK Daily Mail there are actually around 200 brave workers, who venture into Fukushima Daiichi in shifts. The UK Daily Mail grimly reports that five of the workers are believed to have already died and 15 are injured and still other workers say that they know the radiation will kill them.
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