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article imageTEPCO officials: Radiation spike report a mistake

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 27, 2011 in World
Tokyo - Officials from Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) issued an apology on Sunday for releasing a report stating that the radiation readings taken from puddles found within the facility's No. 2 reactor was 10 million times higher than normal.
"The number is not credible," TEPCO's spokesman Takashi Kurita said. "We are very sorry."
The apology was released after workers at the site were immediately evacuated following the erroneous report.
The cause for the inaccurate readings made is still unknown as of this posting time. However, according to BBC News, the readings were so high that the worker taking the measurements evacuated the facility before taking a second reading. Another series of testing on samples from the said facility has been ordered in order to get more accurate radiation level readings. There is no information as to when these results will be announced.
Along with the apology, Kurita confirmed that that the radiation levels at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima are at 1,000 millisieverts an hour, which is still four times the level that is considered to be safe by the Japanese government as Hidehiko Nishiyama, a senior official and spokesperson of the Nuclear and Industrial Agency in Japan, pointed out.
Despite the high levels of radioactivity reported, which chief government spokesman Yukio Edano stated to "almost certainly" be coming from water that seeped from the nuclear reactor's core, Edano denied the situation in the nuclear power plants at Fukushima are deteriorating and insists that the nuclear crisis faced by the country has partially stabilized.
"We are preventing the situation from worsening," he assured the general public. "We have restored power and pumped in fresh water, and we are making basic steps towards improvement."
Edano did, however, concede to the fact that the myriad of problems faced with regards to the power plant workers is far from being resolved. "There is still no room for complacency," he admits.
This is the latest in a string of complications that hit the Fukushima operation since the power plant was severely damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Japan last March 11, 2011.
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