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Japan's nuclear safety agency has reprimanded the operator of the tsunami-hit nuclear plant for causing two workers to be exposed to radiation levels more than twice the limit.

The two control room operators were found last week to have exceeded the government-set limit.

Results Friday showed their exposures were more than twice the limit.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reprimanded Tokyo Electric Power Co. for violating the limit, and ordered it to investigate the cause and take preventive measures within a week.

A third worker is being tested further after early findings showed high exposure.

Health concerns are also spreading outside the plant.

The government says several areas outside the current evacuation zone are showing higher-than-expected cumulative radiation levels.

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 hit the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan, killing some 15,000 people and injuring thousands. The worst affected area is the east coast of Tohoku region.

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