Japanese Government Warns that New Radiation Leak is Harmful to Health

Radiation is currently spewing from damaged reactors at a crippled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, and the prime minister is now warning residents to stay inside or risk getting radiation sickness.

On Tuesday, chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said that a fourth reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex was on fire and that more radiation had been released. Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned that there were dangers of additional leaks, and told those living within 19 miles of the Fukuhshima Dai-ichi facility to stay indoors. An explosion on Tuesday at the facility may have damaged a reactor's containment vessel, and Japan's nuclear safety agency said that a radiation leak is feared. The agency suspects that the explosion may have damaged the reactor's suppression chamber, which is a water-filled tube at the bottom of the container that surrounds the nuclear core. The chamber is part of the container wall, so damage to it could allow radiation to escape.

Following Tuesday's explosion, radiation levels outside the" Dai-ichi plant spikes. Detectors showed 11,900 microsieverts of radiation three hours after the blast, up from just 73 microsieverts before the blast.

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