Fukushima radiation levels are much worse than expected, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company who released a statement on Sunday. The Fukushima radiation levels have shown a sharp spike, which was measured in the containers holding the water and the pipes, according to CNN News on Sept. 1.
The company also said they are diligently looking to find the cause of this spike in radiation levels and they will find a way to control it. In the statement the company said:
"We will find out the cause of this issue and make proper counter measures immediately, and continue to make every effort to secure safety of workers."
The highest reading registered 1800 millisieverts per hour at the bottom fringe of the tank. 220 and 70 mSv were measured at the bottom of other two tanks. A dry stain that TEPCO found under one of the pipes registered 230 mSv/h radiation measurement.
In layman's terms, the Fukushima radiation is 18 times higher than originally thought. According to the BBC News Today, Japan authorities now indicate that readings taken near the leaking tank on Saturday showed that the radiation could prove lethal within just four hours of exposure to the high readings taken this weekend.
These enormous tanks that are being tested and measured today are identical to the container that leaked 300 tons of highly toxic water, which sparked a hike to the threat level to "serious" last week.
When a staff member pressed on the insulation that surrounds the pipe to one of the tanks, one drop of liquid fell. Apparently this one tiny drop is the only contamination they are reporting.
Since there were no changes in the water level in the tanks, TEPCO reports that no contaminated water leak is expected. If there had been a leak, the water levels would have changed.
Some media outlets were reporting last week that the levels of radiation were high enough to cause death after several hours of exposure, TEPCO took issue with those reports saying that the radiation is easily shielded using thin sheets of metal or foil. It also dissipates over short distances.