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Radiation Leaks Now Harmful to Humans

Some say the inevitable has happened. Radiation levels near quake-effected nuclear plant; Fukushima No.1 plant, 250 kilometres northeast of Tokyo are now harmful to human health, Japan's government says after several explosions and fires there.

"There is no doubt that unlike in the past, the figures are the level at which human health can be affected," said chief government spokesman Yukio Edano.

Japan Devastated by Earthquake Tsunami

The magnitude 8.9 offshore earthquake caused massive waves; some up to 10m high to slam into the eastern coast of Japan, washing away boats, cars, homes and people; infact anything in its path and causing widespread fires to burn out of control.