Japan news, april 2. radioactive water leaking from no.2 reactor crack

Radioactive water leaking from No.2 reactor crack
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has found that radioactive water is leaking into the ocean from a 20-centimeter crack in a facility wall of the No.2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The power company said on Saturday that the level of radiation has been measured at over 1,000 millisieverts per hour.

It said water is leaking from the crack in the wall of a 2-meter deep pit that contains power cables near the water intake of the reactor. Water between 10 centimeters and 20 centimeters deep was found in the pit.

TEPCO is preparing to pour concrete into the cracked pit to stop the leak of radioactive water.

The radiation detected in water in the basement of the turbine building at the No.2 reactor was about 100,000 times that found in the water of an operating reactor.

The company said it will look into how radioactive water is linked to the water in the pit and how it leaked into the ocean.
Saturday, April 02, 2011 15:46 +0900 (JST)