Nuclear Radiation Levels

IAEA team begins measuring radiation levels

A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency has begun measuring radiation levels in Japan.

The IAEA sent the team to Japan at the request of the government. The experts will assess the impact of radiation leakage from the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The team took their first measurements around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. They used special equipment that can detect trace amounts of radiation in the air or soil.

The experts then measured levels in Saitama and Tochigi prefectures on their way to Fukushima. They will gauge radiation levels around the nuclear plant after coordinating with the government and the power company.