International Atomic Energy Agency Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Update, 27 March, (03:00 UTC)

Vienna, Austria–(ENEWSPF)–27 March 2011 – Update at 3:00 UTC.

As previously reported, three workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were exposed on 24 March to elevated levels of radiation. The IAEA has received additional information on the incident from the Japanese authorities.

For two of the three workers, significant skin contamination over their legs was confirmed. The Japanese authorities have stated that during medical examinations carried out at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in the Chiba Prefecture, the level of local exposure to the workers’ legs was estimated to be between 2 and 6 sieverts.

While the patients did not require medical treatment, doctors decided to keep them in hospital and monitor their progress over coming days.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Update (27 March 2011, 9:00 UTC)

According to the Japanese Prime Minister’s office, TEPCO has begun work to remove water that has accumulated in the turbine buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Workers have started to remove water from the Unit 1 turbine building to its main condenser and are making preparations to do the same at Unit 2. (A main condenser’s function in a nuclear power plant is to condense and recover steam that passes through the turbine.) Work to remove water from the turbine buildings in Units 3 and 4 is currently under consideration.

Removal of water from the turbine buildings is an important step to continue power restoration to the plant.

The IAEA is seeking further updates from Japanese authorities on the progress of this process and will update as information becomes available.