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Updated: March 14, 2011 12:54 IST

‘Radiation level at Fukushima Daiichii plant under control’

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A boy has his radiation level checked in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, north-eastern Japan on Sunday.
AP A boy has his radiation level checked in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, north-eastern Japan on Sunday.

The operator of a Japanese nuclear power plant where a reactor’s containment building exploded says radiation levels at the unit are within legal limits.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says radiation levels at Unit 3 of the stricken Fukushima Daiichii plant were 10.65 microsieverts on Monday, significantly under the 500 microsieverts at which a nuclear operator is legally bound to file a report to the government.

There was a hydrogen explosion at the unit earlier in the day.

Officials have been racing to stave off multiple reactor meltdowns after a devastating quake and tsunami incapacitated the Fukushima plant.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation.

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