Japan nuke plant could continue releasing radiation for months

April 4th, 2011 - 1:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Apr 4 (ANI): The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan could continue to release dangerous radiation into the air for several months, said Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, has said the government will continue to examine alternative emergency measures “to shorten that period,” but he conceded that they “may not be feasible,” The Washington Post reports.

The public disclosure that authorities were viewing the fight in a window of months, not days or weeks, illustrated the challenges and uncertain nature of the massive operation to repair the crippled power plant.

When asked about the ongoing problems, a spokesman for Japan’s nuclear regulatory agency insisted there has been “a degree of progress.”

“But there may be challenges we deal with for several weeks and others for several months and others that take even longer,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, the deputy director general for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

The death toll from the March 11 disaster rose to 12,020, with an additional 15,512 missing and 165,282 living in shelters, said government officials. (ANI)

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