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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Japan : Workers start removing toxic water in level 7-rated nuke crisis

From Kyodo News :

" Workers at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant started Tuesday to remove highly radioactive water in the plant as part of efforts to bring an end to the nuclear crisis, which the government recognized as reaching the highest severity level of 7 on an international scale.

A series of aftershocks of the March 11 earthquake on Monday and Tuesday raised concerns over the plant conditions, but injecting water into the troubled Nos. 1 to 3 reactors, which is vital to keep the nuclear fuel inside cool, was not disrupted by the latest magnitude 6.3 quake at 2:07 p.m. Tuesday.

The aftershocks forced workers to temporarily evacuate, leading to a delay in the work to remove pools of highly radioactive water that is hampering efforts to restore the reactors' key cooling functions, lost in the March 11 massive quake and tsunami."

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