Fukushima radiation readings hit new high near contaminated tanks

Fukushima radiation readings hit new high near contaminated tanks
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture.

TOKYO - Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked more than 20 per cent to their highest level, Japan's nuclear regulator said, again raising questions about the clean-up of the worst atomic disaster in 27 years. 

Readings at the Fukushima Daiichi plant showed radiation as high as 2,200 millisieverts (mSv), the Nuclear Regulation Authority said, up from 1,800 mSv at the weekend.

Exposure to radiation of those levels would be enough to kill an unprotected person within hours.

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