Outflow of highly radioactive water from Japan n-plant stops (Lead)

April 6th, 2011 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, April 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The outflow of highly radioactive water into the sea from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has stopped, the Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.In an attempt to stop radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has injected 1,500 liters of “water glass”, or sodium silicate, and another agent near a seaside pit where the radioactive water had been leaking out, the Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday quoting the plant’s operator.

TEPCO said Tuesday that 7.5 million times the legal limit of radioactive iodine has been detected in samples of seawater near the plant.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was seriously damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan March 11. The plant’s operator has since been struggling to stop radioactive leaks from the plant’s crippled reactors.

Japan’s fisheries ministry has found high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in fish caught near the plant, Kyodo reported Tuesday.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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