. Earth Science News .

Japan nuclear plant worker dies
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 6, 2011

A worker at Japan's disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant died Thursday, its operator said, adding that the death was not necessarily related to radioactive leaks.

The male worker, in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment Wednesday after feeling ill during a regular morning assembly at the plant, some 200 kilometres (140 miles) north of Tokyo, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

He died early morning Thursday at the hospital, TEPCO spokeswoman Chie Hosoda said, adding that the cause of his death was being investigated.

"He had been exposed to a small amount of radiation. It is difficult to assume that radiation was a cause of his death," she said.

The unidentified worker had worked for 46 days at the plant to install a tank which will be used for processing contaminated water from the crippled reactor units.

He worked three hours every day and had been exposed to a total of 2.02 millisieverts of radiation, the official said. An exposure of 100 millisieverts per year is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer risk is evident.

He was the third worker to die at the plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

A male worker, in his 60s, died of a heart attack in May and another, in his 40s, succumbed to acute leukemia in August. TEPCO said both cases were not attributable to radiation.

Two other male employees were also killed directly in the disaster.

The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami left 20,000 dead or missing on Japan's northeast coast and crippled cooling systems at the Fukushima plant, causing reactor meltdowns.

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Nuclear contamination found beyond Japan no-go zone
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 5, 2011
High levels of radioactive contamination have been found in soil in the capital of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, a study showed Wednesday, prompting calls to make the area a voluntary evacuation zone. Some 307,000 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of soil was detected in an independent survey conducted on September 14 by a radiological engineering expert and citizens' groups. ... read more

Japan nuclear plant worker dies

Nuclear contamination found beyond Japan no-go zone

New modelling results link natural resources and armed conflicts

Experts sound alarm over disaster planning

SSTL redefines the cost of radar imaging with NovaSAR-S

EDRS: an independent data-relay system for Europe becoming reality

Samsung seeks sales ban on new iPhone

On sale now in China: the 'iPhone 5'

Space Observatory Provides Clues to Creation of Earth's Oceans

Chilean court overturns ban on giant Patagonia dam

Decline and recovery of coral reefs linked to 700 years of human and environmental activity

A year after Nobel, Norwegian salmon off the menu in China

Rising carbon dioxide levels at end of last ice age not tied to Pacific Ocean

Swiss warn of massive ice chunk breaking off glacier

Chinese target Arctic with Iceland land deal: experts

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice

Floods drown Asia's rice bowl

Productivity of land plants may be greater than previously thought

Petition demands US label genetically engineered food

Micro-breweries take on local flavour in China

Philippine typhoon death toll reaches 82

Tenerife geology discovery is among 'world's best'

Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Worst Cambodian floods in a decade kill 167

Food crisis looming in Sudan: UN agency

Kenya tries to contact French woman's abductors in Somalia

Berkeley Lab Tests Cookstoves for Haiti

Guyana opposition warns foreign bauxite firms

Ultrasounds worsen Asia women shortage: UN

What can magnetic resonance tractography teach us about human brain anatomy?

Many roads lead to Asia

Female promiscuity can rescue populations from harmful effects of inbreeding


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement