"Plant Operator Measures Higher Radiation in Sea"

"TOKYO — As the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station continued to dump radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, company officials said that seawater collected near the facility contained radiation several million times the legal limit.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami rose to 12,341 on Tuesday, the country’s National Police Agency said. More than 15,000 remain missing, and more than 160,000 are staying in temporary shelters across the country, the agency said.

The crisis at the power station , now in its fourth week, has shaken public confidence in Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Daiichi plant. Share prices for the utility plunged to an all-time low on Tuesday over concern by investors of the financial burden of the work being carried out at Daiichi."

Andrew Pollack and Kevin Drew report for the New York Times April 5, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Japan Utility Dumps Radioactive Water Into Pacific To Ease Storage Woes" (Washington Post)

"Peace of Mind, Livelihood Gone as Japanese City Withers in Shadow of Nuclear Plant" (Washington Post)

"Countries Begin Radiation Checks on Ships That Have Visited Japan" (New York Times)

"Water Barriers Mulled (Belatedly) at Leaking Nuclear Complex" (Dot Earth)

"Search for Radiation Leak Turns Desperate In Japan" (AP)

"Japan's Nuclear Plant Operator Pays 'Condolence Money'" (Reuters)

"Why is Japan Dumping Radioactive Water Into the Ocean?" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Japan's Nuclear Workers Try To Trace Leak, Dump Radioactive Water" (Los Angeles Times)

"Japan Clears Discharge of Some Radioactive Water Into Sea" (Los Angeles Times)

"Despite Worries, Experts Suggest Damage to Marine Life Is Contained " (Wall St. Journal)

"Sushi Science: Fear, Not Radiation, Seen As Risk" (NPR)

Source: NY Times, 04/05/2011