22 Feb '12, 5am

Tepco to cement Fukushima seabed to stem radiation

Tepco to cement Fukushima seabed to stem radiation

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's reactors No.4 (right), No.3 (centre) and No.2 are seen in Fukushima prefecture on Feb 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO (AFP) - The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant is to cover a large swathe of seabed near the battered reactors with cement in a bid to halt the spread of radiation, the company said Wednesday. A clay-cement compound will be laid over 73,000 sq m of the floor of the Pacific in front of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on the nation's northeast coast, said Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco). The area is equivalent to around 10 football pitches. 'This is meant to prevent further contamination of the ocean... as sample tests have shown a relatively high concentration of radioactive substances in the sea soil in the bay,' a company spokesman said. Reactors at the...

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