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Officials in Tokyo said radiation in the capital was 10 times normal at one point but not a threat to human health in the sprawling high-tech city of 13 million people. Toxicologist Lee Tin-lap at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said such a radiation level was not an immediate threat to people but the long-term consequences were unknown. "You are still breathing this into your lungs, and there is passive absorption in the skin, eyes and mouth and we really do not know what long-term impact that would have," Lee told Reuters by telephone.
Minoru Ogoda, a spokesman for the Japanese nuclear safety agency, tells AFP: "We have received information from [the Tokyo Electric Power Company] that the fire and smoke is now invisible and it appears to have gone out of its own accord." An explosion on Tuesday morning damaged reactor 4's building and sparked a fire in its spent fuel storage pond. The reactor had been shut down before Friday's earthquake for maintenance, but its spent nuclear fuel rods were stored on the site.
Yukiko Hosomi, who lives in Bristol but has family in the Shizuoka prefecture of Japan, not far from a nuclear plant similar to the one at Fukushima, tells the BBC: "I am very concerned and worried about the situation. I have been in touch with people in Japan, but I am utterly shocked at their 'optimism' and the lack of information about this critical situation. I have been following both international and Japanese media and the difference of information is unbelievable. The Japanese government and media are not telling the truth, underestimating the people's capacity to cope."
Originally posted by digit78
> Nuclear Survival Skills
Originally posted by Geofrooop
reply to post by angelchemuel
Hi, Given the fact it's been offline for such a long time I'd have to speculate that the anomalous readings are due to it been physically reinstated and/or recalibrated. I will keep my eye on it though and let you know if I get concerned, as for strange smells I live in S#horpe and am quite used to them