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article imageRecord levels of radiation in greenling fish found near Fukushima

By Anne Sewell     Mar 18, 2013 in World
Fukushima - Two years after the nuclear disaster, TEPCO has found a greenling fish in the waters near the crippled Fukushima plant, with a record quantity of radioactive cesium - 7,400 times the country's limit for safe human consumption.
Kyodo News reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the company that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, discovered the fish, which has a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium.
TEPCO had installed a net on the sea floor at the port exit in Fukushima to prevent fish from escaping the area. The bottom-dwelling greenling fish, which measured 38 centimeters in length and weighs 564 grams, was caught near a water intake of the four reactor units on February 21 while workers were removing fish from the port.
According to TEPCO the previous record of cesium concentration in fish was 510,000 becquerels per kilogram. This was detected in another greenling fish, caught in the same area.
TEPCO reported in January a fish which contained over 2500 times the legal limit for radiation in seafood in Japan, which was caught in the vicinity of the nuclear plant.
Most fish caught along the Fukushima coast have been banned from market.
After bluefin tuna, caught off the coast of California, tested positive for radiation poisoning at the end of February, experts have speculated that radioactive water may be seeping from the plant into the ocean.
The nuclear disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on March 11, 2011, was caused by an earthquake and tsunami which damaged the plant, causing meltdowns which spewed radiation into the surrounding soil and water. Around 19,000 people were killed and 170,000 local residents were evacuated after the disaster.
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