Radioactive iodine 1,250 times over limit in sea off Japan's plant

11:32, March 26, 2011      

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Smoke rises from the nuclear reactors of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, in this still image taken from a NHK video March 26, 2011. Japanese engineers were frantically attempting on Saturday to pump out puddles of radioactive water at the earthquake-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant after it injured three workers and delayed efforts to cool reactors to safe levels. (Xinhua/Reuters)

The operator of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan has detected radioactive iodine 1,250.8 times above legal limit in sea near the plant, local media reported Saturday.

The readings were taken at a discharge outlet of the utility, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The Japanese authorities have been stepping up efforts to fix the nuclear power plant crippled by devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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