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Now the latest on Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis. Radiation levels rose again in seawater near the troubled nuclear reactor in Fukushima. The radiation does not pose a health risk, as the residents within a 12-mile zone of the plant have already evacuated the area.
The levels of radioactive iodine found in seawater near Japan's stricken nuclear power plant rose further on Thursday.
[Hidehiko Nishiyama, Nuclear & Industrial Safety Agency]:
"Today's levels measured 330 meters (1082 feet) away from the water evacuation section of reactors No. 1 through 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, were again a little higher by 4,385 times (the legal limit)."
The level was the highest recorded since the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant began.
This does not present a health risk because nearby residents had already been evacuated from a 12-mile zone around the complex that extends out to sea.
In addition to the radiation found in seawater, the International Atomic Energy Agency says radiation measured at the village of Iitate (PRON ee-TAH-tay)… located about 25 miles from the plant, exceeded a criterion for evacuation.
Japan's top government spokesman says they have yet to expand the exclusion zone.
[Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary]:
"If there is a possibility, or if the situation starts to look like, for an extended period of time, there is a level (of radiation/radioactive fallout) that will affect human beings we will need to consider an evacuation."
Japan has ordered those within a 12-mile radius from the plant to leave. It is encouraging those living in a 12-18 mile ring to do the same, or to stay indoors.