Radioactivity in water at reactor 2 at the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has reached 10 million times the usual level, company officials say.Workers trying to cool the reactor core to avoid a meltdown have been evacuated.Earlier, Japan's nuclear agency said that levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the plant had risen to 1,850 times the usual level.The UN's nuclear agency has warned the crisis could go on for months.It is believed the radiation at Fukushima is coming from one of the reactors, but a specific leak has not been identified.Leaking water at reactor 2 has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts/hour - 10 million times higher than when the plant is operating normally."We are examining the cause of this, but no work is being done there because of the high level of radiation," said a spokesman for the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)."High levels of caesium and other substances are being detected, which usually should not be found in reactor water. There is a high possibility that fuel rods are being damaged," the spokesman added.
from Japan nuclear: Workers evacuated as radiation soars (BBC, 3/27/11)
1. Current SituationThe situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains very serious.The restoration of off-site power continues and lighting is now available in the central control rooms of Units 1, 2 and 3. Also, fresh water is now being injected into the Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) of all three Units.Radiation measurements in the containment vessels and suppression chambers of Units 1, 2 and 3 continued to decrease. White “smoke” continued to be emitted from Units 1 to 4.Pressure in the RPV showed a slight increase at Unit 1 and was stable at Units 2 and 3, possibly indicating that there has been no major breach in the pressure vessels.At Unit 1, the temperature measured at the bottom of the RPV fell slightly to 142 °C. At Unit 2, the temperature at the bottom of the RPV fell to 97 °C from 100 °C reported in the Update provided yesterday. Pumping of water from the turbine hall basement to the condenser is in progress with a view to allowing power restoration activities to continue.At Unit 3, plans are being made to pump water from the turbine building to the main condenser but the method has not yet been decided. This should reduce the radiation levels in the turbine building and reduce the risk of contamination of workers in the turbine building restoring equipment.No notable change has been reported in the condition of Unit 4.Water is still being added to the spent fuel pools of Units 1 to 4 and efforts continue to restore normal cooling functions.Units 5 and 6 remain in cold shutdown.We understand that three workers who suffered contamination are still under observation in hospital.
from Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log (IAEA, 3/27/11)
How strange - the IAEA seems to have overlooked this massive increase in radiation, and subsequent evacuation. Perhaps they need some Curve-Ball grade neo-con intelligence source, who always have access to the very tip-top-secret information that nobody else has, for some strange reason.