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Two Fukushima workers tested for radiation exposure above safety limits

Officials fear the two men, who were responsible for the control rooms of Units 3 and 4 at the plant, may have surpassed radiation exposure limits.

Handout photo dated 22 March 2011 of the control room for Unit 3 at the Fukushima plant.
Handout photo dated 22 March 2011 of the control room for Unit 3 at the Fukushima plant.
Image: Tokyo Electric Power Co/Kyodo/AP/PA

TWO WORKERS at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant may have been exposed to radiation beyond the exposure limit amid concerns about the risks faced by the workers struggling to contain the crisis.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said today the two control room operators are being tested further and don’t have immediate health problems. If exposures beyond the limit are confirmed, they would be the first men to reach the government-set limit.

The government had eased its previous limit for men soon after the earthquake and tsunami set off the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on March 11.

The two men were responsible for Unit 3 and 4 central control rooms when the quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s power and cooling functions.

- AP

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