Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fukushima built in steel wall to prevent leakage into the sea

.- The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) today announced it began construction of a steel wall and a fence at the Fukushima nuclear plant to keep more water contaminated with radiation to reach the open sea. TEPCO, operator of the plant in Fukushima, plans to connect a seawater inlet to the reactor plant number two with a curtain-shaped valley formed by seven sheets of steel and 120 meters wide.

The company has already stopped the leakage of water contaminated with radioactive materials from one of the reactors in trouble, but the radiation levels near the plant still reach alarming numbers that has preoccupied the international community. TEPCO's announcement came a day after China expressed concern over the dumping of polluted water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant that was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, vice president of the Nuclear Safety Agency of Japan, confirmed that the discharge of thousands of tons of water contaminated with radiation to the Pacific ended. However, radioactive iodine levels were 63 000 times above the legal limit in seawater. Faced with growing environmental concerns that the facility is expected to help prevent contaminated water from spreading out of the bay of the plant.

The announcement comes as the Japanese Minister of Industry, Banki Kaieda, arrived at the Fukushima nuclear plant to make the first visit by a government official since the crisis began. A spokesman for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), responsible for 59 nuclear reactors in Japan, noted that in person Kaieda want to monitor operations Minister should also visit the "J-Village, a sprawling sports complex that serves base for staff working at the plant.

These buildings are located within the exclusion zone of 20 km around the plant, where residents have evacuated due to high levels of radioactivity. Four of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were damaged on 11 March by a wave 14 feet high triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9 degrees on the Richter scale, the most powerful ever recorded in Japan.

The balance of the victims, provided by police, was 12 thousand 276 14 000 865 dead and missing.

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