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Two nuclear plant workers have exceeded Japan’s radiation exposure limit for men and others who toiled without sufficient protection in the earliest days of the disaster could show high levels as well, the government and plant operator said Friday.
Soon after the tsunami damaged the plant, the government raised the limit for men to 250 millisieverts from the earlier 100 millisieverts so workers could tackle the emergency.
Total exposures of the two male workers may be as high as 580 millisieverts—nearly 1,000 abdominal X rays—if they were almost entirely irradiated in the first two days, when a first explosion occurred at the plant, Matsumoto said.