Radioactive water leak reported at Japan nuclear plant
8.5 tons of radioactive water leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but it had not flowed outside the reactor building.
Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 11:29 AM
NUCLEAR DISASTER: View of the devastated No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Photo: AFP)
Some 8.5 tons of radioactive water leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but it had not flowed outside the reactor building, Kyodo News said Wednesday, quoting the plant's operator.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak occurred in the No. 4 reactor after a pipe connected to the reactor dropped off, the news agency reported.
The leak was discovered Tuesday night and was stopped shortly afterward.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Radiation was scattered over a large area and made its way into the oceans, air and food chain in the weeks and months after the disaster.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in a large area around the plant and swathes of this zone remain badly polluted, with the clean-up proceeding slowly amid warnings that some towns could be uninhabitable for three decades.
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