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Friday, May 27, 2011

Japan : TEPCO may need to plug leak at Fukushima plant

Via NHK News, excerpt :

" The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant says highly radioactive water continues to leak from a waste disposal facility in the complex.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Friday that the water level had dropped by around 3 centimeters as of 7 AM from the level observed at 5 PM on Thursday.

TEPCO had transferred to the facility some of the highly radioactive water flooding the basement of the No.3 reactor's turbine building and nearby tunnel, before it suspended the work earlier this week.

On Thursday, the transferred water was found to be leaking into an underground passage to another building.

The utility firm says it is likely that the water level in the facility will stop falling, but added that it may need to plug the leaks.

The work is expected to be difficult as radiation levels of up to 70 millisieverts per hour have been detected on the water's surface."

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