Japan might have been spared the worst ravages of Typhoon Wipha, which was being dubbed the Storm of the Decade, but radiation levels near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have soareds by more than 7,200%, the Japan Times reports.
A water sample taken from a ditch 200 metres from the ocean on Wednesday contained 1,400 becquerels per litre of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, the higest level ever found at that location, the newspaper says.
The report flies in the face of a press release issued by Tepco, the company that owns and operates the nuclear power plant.
“Although typhoon No. 26 (Wipha) passed over Japan on October 16 (Wed), since adequate precautionary measures were taken, neither serious trouble at Fukushima Daiichi NPS, nor change in the monitoring data at the sea area inside and around the power station, has been observed,” the press release says.
Typhoon Wipha blew through Japan on 16 October 2013, dumping heavy rain fall on the nation.
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