03 Apr '11, 7am

Japan battles to stop radiation leak into sea

SENDAI, Japan : Workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant on Sunday struggled to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific, as the government warned the facility may leach contamination for months. Along the tsunami-ravaged coast, 25,000 Japanese and US military and rescue crew entered the third and final day of a massive search for bodies, more than three weeks after the catastrophe struck. While cherry blossoms opened in Tokyo, temperatures plunged again, leaving tens of thousands of homeless shuddering in evacuation camps along the ravaged northeast coast of Japan's main Honshu island. No quick end was in sight for the world's worst nuclear emergency since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, warned a government lawmaker who has advised Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the crisis at the six-reactor plant. "This is going to be a long battle," said Goshi Hosono, who highlighted t...

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