Excerpted from “Japan's ocean radiation hits 7.5 million times legal limit; High readings in fish prompt the government to establish a maximum level for safe consumption.” By Kenji Hall and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2011, 4:39 a.m.
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it had found radioactive iodine at 7.5 million times the legal limit in a seawater sample taken near the facility, and government officials imposed a new health limit for radioactivity in fish.
The reading of iodine-131 was recorded Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. Another sample taken Monday found the level to be 5 million times the legal limit. The Monday samples also were found to contain radioactive cesium at 1.1 million times the legal limit. …“We regret having caused concern to other countries because of the discharge of the radioactive water.” — Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director general of the industry regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency
Such radioactivity levels are mind boggling.