The Japan nuclear meltdown seems to be stabilizing, but there are new concerns over tap water in Tokyo. It seems the water has tested higher for radiation than it has in previous tests, which is concerning.
In addition to the elevated radiation in Tokyo's tap water, workers at Fukushima Dai-ichi were evacuated because of black smoke. Also, broccoli has been added to the radiation tainted food list. The U.S. is now blocking dairy products and other vegetables from Japan in the wake of the radiation concerns.
It seems like every time there is a step forward in the Japan nuclear meltdown, something happens and there are two steps back. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been struggling to keep the nuclear reactors under control since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami heavily damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.
The tap water in Tokyo measured 210 becquerels per liter of iodine-131. It is now unsafe for infants and pregnant women because it is over two times the safe limit for infants. The limit for adults is 300 becquerels, so the water is still within that guideline.
Because of the elevated radiation in the tap water, stores throughout Tokyo are selling out of bottled water incredibly quickly. They've even limited the amount of bottled water that people can buy.
The official death toll of the Japan twin disasters is 9,400, and more than 14,700 people are still missing.
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