July 16, 2011
A unit treating radioactive water at Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was shut down after a pipe junction snapped, officials said.
About 1.3 gallons of radioactive water leaked following the break Wednesday, the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
Tepco said repairing the break will require human intervention, but the high radiation levels of 100-150 millisieverts per hour in the surrounding area make it very difficult to get to the machine and it was unclear when the repairs would be completed, The Asahi Shimbun reported.
The leak occurred in a plastic pipe junction, the newspaper reported.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 5:18 am