Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 04:44:06 AM EST
From the Japanese government :
Japan says no choice but to flood reactors - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Japanese government says it has no choice but to keep pouring water into reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant to limit a huge meltdown, despite fears it could cause highly radioactive leaks.
Firefighters and soldiers have been hosing sea and fresh water into four of the six plant reactors since the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 knocked out their cooling systems.
As a consequence of this emergency measure, since last week radioactive water has been found in the basements of all four of the reactors' turbine buildings and in underground tunnels linked to them.
Adding to concerns, plutonium has now been detected in soil at five spots around the plant.
But chief government spokesman Yukio Edano says his country has no choice but to keep pouring water into the reactors.
That seems likely, then, ultimately, to be pouring water that will become highly radioactive, into the sea.
Never mind, there are positive aspects, says the IAEA:
IAEA: Fukushima plant still serious
BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant remains serious.
Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, said, "The difficult situation has not been overcome and takes some time to stabilize the reactors. Radioactivities in the environment, food stuff and water is a matter of concern in the vicinity of Fukushima plant and beyond. Some positive notes are: electrical power has been restored to unit number one, two and three, and fresh water is now available on the site."
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