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Mar272011

Japanese Power Company Makes Error in Radiation Reading

DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A Japanese power company on Sunday found itself apologizing for the second time in two days, with the latest apology coming as a result of a mistake in a report about radiation levels at a nuclear plant.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says it made a mistake when it reported that radiation levels at the plant were 10 million times higher than normal, causing an evacuation of the site. Extremely high radiation levels were reported Sunday, but just a few hours later the same day, TEPCO officials said the radiation level number was not credible and that the company was very sorry for their mistake.

The overstated levels were from a reading done at reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant. According to published reports, the worker who performed the reading evacuated the plant before a second reading could be taken.

On Saturday TEPCO issued an apology for not giving its employees proper warning about the degree of radiation risk they faced at the plant, after two workers suffered radiation burns from water that was 10,000 times more radioactive than normal.

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