- Radiation leaking directly into the air from stricken Fukushima nuclear plant
- Explosion at Number Two reactor follows blasts at One and Three
- Radiation levels rise around Tokyo – readings up to ten times higher than normal 15 miles from capital
- Fire breaks out at Number Four reactor
- Fears for residents yet to make it outside 19-mile exclusion zone
- Stock markets in chaos as Nikkei plummets 10.5% in one day
There was growing panic in Japan today as a third massive explosion and a fire at a nuclear power station hit by the tsunami pushed the country to the brink of catastrophe.
The government was forced to to order 140,000 residents to seal themselves indoors today as more radioactive material was released into the atmosphere by the third explosion at the plant in four days and the fire at another reactor.
Radioactive material is leaking ‘directly’ into the air from the stricken plant at a rate of 400 milliseverts per hour, according to The International Atomic Energy Agency. Anyone exposed to over 100 millisieverts a year risks cancer.
Radiation levels were rising around Tokyo this morning, with readings up to ten times higher than normal in Chiba – 15 miles from the capital.