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Japan doubles Fukushima radiation leak estimate

The amount of radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the days after the March 11 tsunami could have been more than double that originally estimated by its operator, Japan’s nuclear safety agency has said, according to ‘The Guardian.’  The revelation has raised fears that the situation at the plant, where fuel in three reactors suffered meltdown, was more serious than government officials have acknowledged. According to the latest estimates, 770,000 terabequerels – about 20% as much as the official estimate for Chernobyl – of radiation seeped from the plant in the week after the tsunami, more than double the initial estimate of 370,000.

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