Fukushima levels spike '18-fold'

Radiation at a storage tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator has said. The levels are enough to kill an exposed person in four hours.

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Radiation readings spike at Fukushima nuclear plant

Radiation at a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator has said.

Radiation of 1,800 millisieverts per hour - enough to kill an exposed person in four hours - was detected near the bottom of one storage tank on Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Co , also known as Tepco, said.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning after it was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 Credit: Digital Globe/Reuters/Handout

A Tepco spokesman also said a new leak had been detected from a pipe connecting two other tanks.

The Fukushima plant was destroyed by a tsunami in March 2011 in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.

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