Water Radiation 10K Above Normal in Fukushima Daiichi Plant

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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR: CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from...
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR: CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. The death toll from the deadly tsunami and earthquakes in Japan has already topped 10,000, and there have been reports of high radiation levels surrounding the damaged Fukushima power plant as well. While it’s still unclear how it happened, three workers were exposed to water containing iodine, caesium and cobalt that was 10,000 times the normal level while replacing a cable inside the plant. The injuries and high levels of radiation point to potential damage to a fuel rod. (Video: MSNBC) (Information: The Telegraph, Japan Times) There have been no reports indicating water level radiation that high outside the plant. CTV takes a closer look at what happened to the workers. CHRIS JOHNSON: “...and apparently their images are what they’re calling beta ray burns, people in Japan have never even heard that word before.” ...but The Guardian translated a message from a Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman, who seemed to be pointing a finger at the nuclear workers themselves, saying it was their fault for not following proper dress code. HIDEHIKO NISHIYAMA, TRANSLATED, ANCHOR MAY READ: “If they had followed the proper rules set out by the previous survey, they would have had better attire. Specifically there was a problem when you think of how they got water in their shoes. Also, they continued to work even though their dosimeter alarms were going off, though there may have been a misunderstanding.” Japan Times reports puddles of contaminated water were also found in the turbine buildings of reactors 1 and 2, and says the worsening state of the nuclear reactors could drive the government to take more action. “There are now indications that the government will raise the crisis level for the event, now at 5, to level 6, putting it above the Three Mile Island incident. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster tops the international scale at level 7.” All of the nuclear destruction has caused some Japanese people to take to the streets, something that, as BBC reports, doesn’t happen often. “In central Tokyo, a tiny group of protesters is gathered outside the grand headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power. Passing commuters take little notice of them, even now few Japanese are willing to publicly challenge huge corporations, like TEPCO.” Al Jazeera focuses more on what’s being done to prevent further nuclear mishaps, and highlights a major change in a cooling technique. WAYNE HAY: “...but now they are concerned that the salt from the sea water may be encrusting on the fuel rods themselves, therefore rendering the cooling situation useless, so they are now pumping fresh water into those reactors.” Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos to keep up with all updates on Japan’s crisis. Transcript by Newsy.