Highly radioactive water leak in tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant plugged: TEPCO

April 6th, 2011 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Apr 6 (ANI): Tokyo Electric Power Corporation has claimed that it has succeeded in stopping highly radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant early Wednesday morning after injecting a chemical agent.

The Kyodo news agency quoted TEPCO as saying that it has injected about 6,000 litters of ‘water glass,’ or sodium silicate, and another agent around a seaside pit located near the plant’s No. 2 reactor water intake, through which the highly radioactive water had been leaking heavily.

Seawater samples taken on Saturday had found 131 radioactive iodine that is 7.5 million times greater than the maximum level permitted under law, indicating that the leak had apparently seriously contaminated the marine environment.

Besides, radioactive cesium over the limit was also detected in the sea near the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture.

The highly radioactive water has been filling up the basement of the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it.

The nuclear plant has been severely damaged following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (ANI)

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