Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

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Posted: Apr 02, 2011 4:22 AM
Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ PLANT LEAKS RADIOACTIVE WATER INTO SEA. Highly radioactive water has been found seeping into the Pacific Ocean from a newly discovered crack in a maintenance pit on the edge of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear site, a Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman says. Measurements show the air right above it contained 1,000 millisieverts of radioactivity. Exposure to 500 millisieverts over a short period of time can increase the long-term risk of cancer. But experts say radiation is quickly diluted by the vast Pacific and that even large amounts have little effect.

_ PM VISITS TSUNAMI-HIT VILLAGES. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited one of the dozens of villages, towns and cities wiped out in the March 11 disaster for the first time, meeting evacuees and telling them the government will continue to support them.

_ TROOPS SEARCH FOR THE DEAD. Helicopters, planes and boats carrying U.S. and Japanese troops scour the coastline for any remaining bodies.

_ DEATH TOLL. The National Police Agency says the death toll from the disaster has risen to 11,828. Another 15,540 are missing.