New leak at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant: Tepco
TOKYO (AFP) - A new radioactive water leak has been discovered at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said on Wednesday, according to Japanese news agencies.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the highly radioactive water had leaked at the Fukushima No. 1 plant from a different storage tank to the one where a similar leak was found in August, Jiji and Kyodo news agencies reported.
It was not clear how much water had leaked from the 450 tonne tank. Tepco said it had determined that contaminated water had accumulated within barriers around the tank, and may have flowed past the barriers.
The barriers were installed to block water from spreading when a leak occurs in the storage tanks at the plant, which was heavily damaged by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.