Contamination Fears Growing in Japan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) - There are more concerns in Japan amid reports of radiation in the sea waters off near the troubled nuclear plant and mounting fears about contaminated seafood.

In an effort to ease fears in a nation that heavily depends on seafood, experts said radioactive particles are unlikely to build up in fish.

Contaminated water continues to seep from the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex damaged by the tsunami that followed this month's earthquake. The latest tests show that waters 300 yards outside the plant contained more than 3,000 times the legal limit for the amount of radioactive iodine.

The official death toll from the magnitude-9 quake and tsunami tops 11,000, with the final figure to surpass 18,000.

Hundreds of thousands more are homeless because of the massive tsunami that pushed miles inland. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited disaster evacuees at a homeless center in Tokyo.

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