Japan radiation levels reach new highs

March 28, 2011 by Amara D. Angelica

Radiation levels at Japan nuclear plant reach new highs: Leaked water sampled from one unit Sunday had 100,000 times the radioactivity of normal background levels…. airborne radioactivity in the unit 2 turbine building still remained so high — 1,000 milli­sieverts per hour — that a worker there would reach his yearly occupational exposure limit in 15 minutes. A dose of 4,000 to 5,000 millisieverts absorbed fairly rapidly will eventually kill about half of those exposed…. Radioactive water is pooling in four of Fukushima’s six turbine rooms, and engineers have no quick way to clean it up. — Washington Post, March 28, 1:35 AM EDT

Live video from nuclear radiation monitor in Santa Monica (no elevated readings found so far); 40 to 46 CPM is normal range. — EnviroReporter.com