Workers at the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima were ordered to withdraw briefly from the shattered Japanese nuclear station on Wednesday after radiation levels surged, Kyodo news reported, a development that suggested the crisis is getting out of control. Japan authorities suspended operations after the spike in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.
From Kyodo News:
The radiation level at the quake-hit Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant reached 10 millisievert per hour at one point Wednesday morning, possibly due to the damage at its No.2 reactor the day before, the government’s nuclear safety agency said.
The maximum level was measured at the plant’s front gate at 10:40 a.m. It fell to 6.4 millisievert at 10:45 a.m. and to 2.3 millisievert at 10:54 a.m. but rose again to about 3.4 millisievert as of 11:00 a.m., the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.
Kyodo also reported that the container of the No.3 reactor of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo, is feared to have been damaged and may have leaked radioactive steam Wednesday, emitting high-level radiation.