17 Jun '11, 6am

Japan to start cleaning nuclear runoff water

TOKYO: Emergency crew at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Friday planned to start decontaminating highly radioactive runoff water from months of reactor cooling operations. Embattled operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the system, which employs US and French technology, would go fully operational by the evening after a water leak during a test run the previous night had been fixed. The operation kicks off more than three months since a 9.0 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami that smashed into the plant. The wave knocked out reactor cooling systems, which sparked meltdowns, explosions and radiation leaks. The world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986 has caused radioactive material to spew into the air, ground and sea and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people in a 20 kilometre (12 mile) radius. Japan's government has said it will soon ...

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