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Radioactive water leak confirmed

Cited from NHK World English

Radioactive water leak confirmed

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has identified for the first time a place where high-level radioactive water is leaking into the ocean from the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The power company said on Saturday that water has been seeping from a crack in the wall of a 2-meter deep pit that contains power cables near the reactor's water intake.

Water measuring between 10 and 20 centimeters deep was found in the pit. The radiation level has been measured at over 1,000 milisieverts per hour.

The company says it is preparing to pour concrete into the cracked pit to stop the radioactive water leak.

A senior Nuclear Safety Agency official says the crack could be one of the sources of radioactivity found in the seawater near the water outlet.

He says the agency has ordered TEPCO to test samples of seawater at more locations near the plant and analyze them for different radioactive materials.

In the past week, the radiation detected in water in the basement of the turbine building at the No. 2 reactor was about 100,000 times higher than the normal level.

High-levels of radiation were also found in puddles in a utility tunnel outside the turbine building.
Saturday, April 02, 2011 17:33 +0900 (JST)



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