Radiation-fear Britons get iodine tablets

MORE than 500 Britons in Japan have been given iodine tablets to counteract the affects of radiation leaking from the country’s crippled nuclear facility.

The Foreign Office said the tablets, which are used to stop the body absorbing radioactive iodine, have been distributed to around 540 British nationals so far.

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The revelation came as engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant managed to restore power to two reactors.

The breakthrough was tempered with the news that pressure had unexpectedly risen at another unit at the plant.

The Japanese government also advised villagers in Fukushima not to drink tap water because of radioactive iodine.