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Damage by Radiation Increases in Japan

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) -- Danger of radiation is getting more serious due to the recent torrential rain that hit the quake-stricken areas including Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced that the level of water contaminated by radiation in the building and shaft of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was rising due to the rain.

It was reported that the water which leaked from the reactor into which it had been pumped to cool it and the water was mixed with rainwater, raising the level of the underground water inside nuclear reactor No. 1 about 20 cm in 24 hours by 7:00 a.m. of May 30.

At a time when the amount of the contaminated water around other buildings that house reactors has increased as compared with that before, TEPCO made it clear that the total amount of water inside the buildings that house reactors Nos. 1 and 3 and in their basements, etc. reached 105,100 tons.

As torrential rain is expected in the future, TEPCO expressed concern that radioactive substance mixed with rainwater may flow outside to seriously contaminate seawater and soil.

The amount of radioactive substance measured inside the building that houses reactor No. 1 reached 4,000mSv/h at present, a proof that high concentration of radioactive materials are still leaking from the power plant.

According to the results of the calculation published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, they confirmed the fact that the amount of radioactive substance contained in the air right after the accident at the power plant reached 770,000 TBq or double that calculated earlier.

At a time when there is no prospect of weathering the radiation crisis caused by the accident at the power plant, the south Korean KBS reported that radioactive cesium was detected in the air over some areas south of the Korean Peninsula from May 31 to June 1.

The damage by killer quakes and the ensuing tsunami is on the steady increase.

The Japan National Police Agency said that the death toll increased to 15,365 and those unaccounted for to 8,206 as of June 5.



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