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Japan’s Tap and Seawater Could Be Contaminated, Bottled Water Sells Out

Japan’s Tap and Seawater Could Be Contaminated, Bottled Water Sells Out

On Wednesday, March 23, the Japanese Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said that levels of radioactive iodine in Tokyo tap water were found to be twice the level deemed safe for infants.

Just hours after government officials announced plans to import bottled water and distribute it to tens of thousands of parents, it recinded the claim, saying radiation levels had fallen below the safety point of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

Despite the fact that Japan’s leading ob-gyn organization said pregnant and nursing women should continue to drink tap water, bottled water will continue to be distributed to households with young children.

These mixed messages are no doubt confusing and alarming to the people of Japan, who consequently cleared store shelves of all available bottled water.

On top of fears that Japan’s tap water supply could be too toxic for human consumption, there are now reports that the radioactive contamination is affecting seawater near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant as well.

According to TheWeek.com:

The Tokyo Electric Power Company found that the level of radioactive iodine in water 1,100 feet from the plant was 126 times the legal amount, and cesium levels were 24 times higher than normal. Water tested some 10 miles away from the plant contained up to 16 times the legal level of radioactive elements.

Scientists warn that although some of these contaminants will break down naturally over time, scientists warn that cesium could infiltrate the marine food chain, further jeopardizing Japan’s massive seafood industry.

Radiation from the Fukushima explosion has already seeped into raw milk, seawater and 11 kinds of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and turnips, from areas around the plant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that these products would be temporarily blocked from entering the country.

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12:47PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Why is there nuclear plants built on the fault line in the first place? But I feel for them, along with all places without clean water, and for places now not having safe air. Be thankful for what you have people, you never know how fast it will be taken away.

9:58AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

yeas, Scary! (not for me but for People without clean water)

6:54AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Thanks for this :)

9:35PM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

We must take this along with everything else that is going on in this world as a warning to respect Mother Nature as she is without our interference. We must stop polluting, wasting water, using too much of our water and all elements for vain purposes. We will all be facing shortages soon. If we adopt the veg diet, all of this will become more clear to us humans. So many ills will be righted. Why do people see but turn a blind eye to the effects of all that we do? We see blood when animals and people are murdered, we see pollution in all elements, we know so much is wrong with our choices. We must cease the harm.

4:14PM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

thanks

10:10AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

Please send water and food from other countries to save these poor people.

9:54PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

May the people near the evacuated area be able to leave if they need or want to, let the people near the evacuated area have their needs met, all the supplies that they need -- imported good drinking water, imported food, rest, recovery, good places to stay -- homes, hotels, shelters, and be comforted over their losses. That is my prayer.

5:09AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

My sympathies to all people living through this disaster & to the thousands who have lost loved ones.

4:07AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Please read the article entitled"America's Atomic Time Bomb", concerning the Hanford Nuclear Plant in Washington State, on news&causes here at Care2. The slideshow itself is very educational and powerful... and this is where I live! Thankyou!

10:27PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

scary!

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