29 Mar '11, 5am

Japan has no choice but to flood reactors

OSAKA: Japan has no choice but to keep pouring water into reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant to limit a huge meltdown, the government said on Tuesday, despite fears it could cause highly radioactive leaks. "We need to avoid the fuel rods from heating up and drying up. Continuing the cooling is unavoidable... We need to prioritise injecting water," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters. Fire-fighters and troops have been hosing sea water and injecting pure water into four of six reactors at the plant after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 knocked out cooling systems. But as a consequence of this emergency measure, radioactive water has been found in the basement of all four reactors' turbine buildings and in underground tunnels linked to them. Water found in the tunnel linked to the number two reactor showed a radiation reading of more th...

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