Osaka: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan
today said his government is in a "state of maximum alert" over the crisis at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, Jiji Press reported.
Kan told a lower house budget committee meeting that
the situation "continues to be unpredictable" and that the
government "will tackle the problem while in a state of maximum alert," Jiji reported.
Radiation worries have disrupted efforts to restart
the cooling system of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was
battered by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that
left more than 28,000 people dead or missing.
Plutonium has been detected in soil at the facility
northeast of Tokyo and highly contaminated water has leaked
from a reactor building, the operator said yesterday, while
nearby seawater has shown high iodine readings.
First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 10:21