Fukushima workers checking 300 tanks for more leaks
TOKYO (AFP) - Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday scrambled to check hundreds of tanks storing highly radioactive water, after one sprang a leak that is feared to have seeped into the Pacific.
Around 300 tonnes of toxic liquid was believed to have escaped from one of the tanks that hold water used to cool the broken reactors, while operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) warned some of it might have flowed into the ocean.
"We are hurriedly checking if some 300 tanks of the same type holding contaminated water have the same leak problem," a Tepco spokesman said.
"We have finished pumping out water from the troubled tank, while we have continued removing the soil soaked by the water," he said.