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Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (C), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects contaminated water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (C), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects contaminated water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (C), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects contaminated water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima

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

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.

 

An Aug. 22 reading measured radiation of 100 millisieverts per hour at the same tank. 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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