“U.S. states, which aren't recommending protective measures for the public, are reporting tiny amounts of radioactive iodine known as iodine-131 that is seen in the early stages of a nuclear reaction.”
“The ministry also said that an abnormal amount of the material, called iodine-131, was detected in milk from a dairy farm about 50 kilometers away from the plant.”
“He also said no one in the U.S. should be taking potassium iodide as a preventive measure against possible ingestion of radioactive iodine-131.”
“A water sample taken just outside the water intake for the No. 2 unit showed the level of radioactive iodine-131 at 7.5 million times the allowable limit, the most dangerous level of radiation so far detected.”
“One sample of konago caught Friday contained twice the permissible level of radioactive iodine-131, which has a half-life of eight days and which can accumulate in the thyroid in humans, possibly raising the risk of thyroid cancer.”
“The state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday that trace levels of the radioactive isotope iodine-131 were discovered on spinach plants in the cities of Beijing, Tianjin and the province of Henan.”
“TEPCO said seawater near the plant contains radioactive iodine-131 that is 7.5 million times the legal limit.”
“Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics indicated that, at most, the Japanese nuclear reactors have emitted about 20% of the iodine-131 and 50% of the cesium-137 that Chernobyl did.”
“The discharge had an iodine-131 concentration of about 100 million times the level Japan considers safe for release into the environment, according to Tepco.”
“The water has been measured as having 13 million becquerels of iodine-131 per cubic centimeter, 300 million times the legal limit, and three million becquerels of cesium-137, which is 30 million times the limit.”
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