High-level cesium logged in soil near Fukushima power plant: gov't survey

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TOKYO. March 20. KAZINFORM A recent government survey showed a reading of 154,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in soil in the village of Iitate near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the highest level yet recorded, the Environment Ministry said Monday.

The high-level cesium was logged in soil on the bank of the Niida River in Iitate in evacuation zones around the power plant which was crippled by earthquake and tsunami last March, the ministry said.

The figure topped the level that requires ash from incinerated debris showing more than 100,000 becquerels of cesium to be buried at disposal sites with ferroconcrete partitions, Kyodo reports.

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