06 Apr '11, 11am

Workers at Japan's crippled atomic power plant have plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean

Workers at Japan's crippled atomic power plant have plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel stand on a US military barge carrying pure water (bottom) as it is being towed by a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force auxiliary multi-purpose support ship Hiuchi near the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - WORKERS at Japan's crippled atomic power plant on Wednesday plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean, boosting efforts to contain the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But in an illustration of how fragile progress is at the Fukushima plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it was concerned a build-up of hydrogen gas at a different reactor could cause another explosion at the site. The water leak was thought to be a source of spiking radiation levels in the sea, which prompted Japan to announce its firs...

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