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Fukushima kids cancer cases surge amid record radiation levels, new leaks

Eight more children in Fukushima have developed thyroid gland cancer in addition to previous 75 suspected cases discovered during the prefecture-led checkups, a local panel of experts said on Friday. The screening of Fukushima residents who were 18 or younger at the time of the nuclear disaster kicked off in October 2011 – half a year after a tsunami triggered by an earthquake hit Japan’s coast. About 270,000 teenagers have been examined since.

Many people are seriously concerned that a continuous increase in the number of thyroid cancer cases was caused by the exposure to radiation from the crippled nuclear plant, while the panel of doctors and other medical experts say they are not sure there is a link to the meltdown calamity.

Meanwhile, a new leakage of highly radioactive water from one of the damaged reactors has been detected inside Unit 3 Reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant. There’s been no leakage to the outside of the building, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) which is in charge of the decommissioning work, announced.


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