TEPCO President apologises for Fukushima emergency

April 13th, 2011 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Apr 13 (ANI): The president of the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has apologised for a nuclear emergency at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan, which is leaking radioactive substances, following the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami.

The Xinhua news agency quoted Masataka Shimizu as saying that TEPCO hoped to announce steps to restore the cooling system at the reactors as early as possible.

The severity level of the accident at the nuclear power plant was raised by Japan’s nuclear safety agency to 7, the worst on an international scale, from the current 5.

According to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the amount of radiation emissions released at the Fukushima plant was equivalent to 10 percent of that in the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

Since March 11, the company has been struggling to restore the plant’s critical cooling systems and prevent the plant from spewing more radioactive substances into the air, land and sea. (ANI)

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