26 Mar '11, 3am

Highly radioactive water at 10,000 times the normal level has seeped from a reactor building at Japan's Fukushima plant

Highly radioactive water at 10,000 times the normal level has seeped from a reactor building at Japan's Fukushima plant

Highly radioactive water at 10,000 times the normal level has seeped from a second stricken reactor building at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. -- PHOTO: AP OSAKA - HIGHLY radioactive water at 10,000 times the normal level has seeped from a second stricken reactor building at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said on Saturday. The water was found in the basement of the turbine building of reactor one - a day after similar readings in the reactor three turbine basement heightened fears that the reactor vessel or its valves and pipes were leaking. The worst-case scenario at reactor three would be that the fuel inside the reactor core, a volatile uranium-plutonium mix, has gone critical and burnt its way through the bottom of its steel pressure vessel. However, the nuclear safety agency has also said that other data suggested that the reactor ...

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