Exactly two weeks after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan’s infrastructure, a suspected breach in the core of a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant threatens much more serious radioactive contamination than the low levels seen so far, Japanese officials said on Friday.
According to the country's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, during crash efforts to stop the stricken plant from leaking radiation two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal and suffered skin burns, the Associated Press reported. The incident raised concerns about a breach that could release a much greater quantity of contaminants.
"The situation today at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is still very grave and serious. We must remain vigilant," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a briefing. "We are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care."