Mar. 28, 2011
Yesterday around lunchtime, a scary number surfaced in Japan: Government officials said workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had discovered radiation at 10 million times normal levels.
Early today, that number was significantly reduced to 100,000 times. There was a "mistake in the measurement of the assessment" of radiation, said Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant.
The quick publishing of the higher number shows the pressure that government and TEPCO officials are under to inform the public. Both were criticized in the first few days after the earthquake and tsunami that damaged the plant for not providing enough information to the public in timely manner.