Strong typhoon to hit coast - TOKYO — Japan has revealed radiation up to several hundred times normal levels has been detected on the seabed off the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a report said yesterday. The Science Ministry announced late on Friday highly radioactive materials were detected in a 300-km north-south stretch from Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture to Choshi in Chiba Prefecture, the Kyodo news agency reported.
The ministry warned that the contamination could affect the safety of seafood, the report said, without giving figures for the radiation levels detected. The science ministry said it detected iodine and caesium on the seabed at 12 locations 15 to 50 km from the coastline between May 9 and 14. The news follows an announcement by environmental activist group Greenpeace that marine life it had tested in waters more than 20 km off the Fukushima nuclear plant showed radiation above legal limits.
Meanwhile, Japan’s southern island of Okinawa was bracing for a powerful typhoon expected to slam into the region, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said. A storm warning was issued as Typhoon Songda, the first major storm to threaten the region this year, was forecast to hit Okinawa later in the night, 1,600 km south-west of Tokyo. The typhoon is expected to pass over the south-western part of the country today.