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Oil spill, explosion causes minor damage at Fukushima plant

06-01-2011 10:45 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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An oil spill and a small explosion have caused minor damage at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant. Officials from Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency say workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant found an oil spill in the sea near reactors five and six, which were shutdown when the earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11th.

He said an oil fence was being deployed to contain the leak and that officials were checking the amount and scale of the spill and if the oil is radioactive. Meanwhile the Tokyo Electric Power Company says an explosion workers heard at reactor four was likely from a gas tank and did not cause any additional radiation leaks. The cause is being investigated. TEPCO has promised to bring the plant under control by January but fears are growing the timeline is too optimistic.

He said, "It was originally just heavy oil and did not have any radioactivity. But it could have picked up some radioactive material in the air while being drained. But, I don't think it was very contaminated."

Workers spray a dust inhibitor at Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)'s
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan,
in this handout photo taken May 27, 2011 and released by TEPCO on
May 28, 2011.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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