japan stops water leaks from nuclear plant - oil absorbent polymer
Operators at the damaged Fukushima plant said they finally managed to stop radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific, a breakthrough in curbing the worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl accident.
For a few days, thousands of tons of contaminated water have gone from 20-
There are centimeters of cracks in the concrete pit near the reactor. 2.
Emergency crews tried repeatedly but did not successfully block the leak and even tried a mixture of sawdust, crushed newspapers and absorbent polymers.
The water poured out of the cracks is contaminated with radioactive iodine, which is 4,000 times the legal limit, and most of the water is eventually in the Pacific Ocean.
Eventually, TEPCO, the operator of the plant, used a chemical agent, glass water, to solidify the soil near the cracks and prevent leakage.
However, due to the lack of storage space for the facility, Tepco still needs to pump the contaminated water into the sea.
The company also said radioactive iodine was detected at seven.
The sea water near the facility exceeded the statutory limit of 5 million times, which exacerbated concerns about the spread of pollutants outside the disaster area.
The Japanese government is considering radioactive restrictions on seafood for the first time in the crisis, after toxic caesium was found in fish on the east coast of Japan.
Worried about radiation, India became the first country to ban food imports from all parts of Japan.
Workers are still trying to restart the cooling pump.
Which water is recycled?
The earthquake and tsunami damaged four reactors.
They must be pumped from the outside before they are repaired to prevent overheating and melting.
In the process, more contaminated water will be produced, which must be pumped out and stored elsewhere or released into the sea.
Tokyo Electric Power Company provided a "solatium" of 20 million yen "($227,000)
Every local government goes to towns near the reactor to help evacuate or people affected by the radiation crisis from around the damaged plant.
The plant had a total of 60,000 tons of highly contaminated water, and when the fuel rods went through partial meltdown, the workers dumped in the water.
Tokyo Electric Power Corp started releasing 11,500 tons low on Monday
After the storage capacity of the more seriously polluted water is exhausted, the radioactive seawater reaches the level.
The release will last until Friday.
Fishermen from neighboring Ibaraki prefecture saw that the price of flounder fish and bre fish fell 65 as buyers avoided their catch.
Their union says it will seek compensation from Tepco and the government.
The discovery of caesium in the young lance fish prompted 10 fishing cooperatives in Ibaraki prefecture in southern Fukushima to immediately stop fishing.
"This is the best time for young Lance to fish," said a fisheries co-operative official . ".
"This suspension is necessary, but it will put people out of business.
This radiation problem needs to be solved as soon as possible.
"It's half radioactive.
According to scientists, a 30-year life span can accumulate under the sea floor where shellfish live and feed.
Japan is facing its worst crisis since World War II. 0-
The earthquake and tsunami hit its north.
Nearly 28,000 people were killed or missing, thousands homeless, and the third largest in the world. The largest economy
The latest casualty figures show 12,468 people dead and 15,091 missing. -
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