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Japan to Cover Reactor 1-4 With Special Cloth Updated: 2011-04-04 00:00:00 KST

The Japanese government announced Sunday that reactors 1 through 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant will be covered with a special cloth to reduce the amount of radioactive particles being released into the atmosphere.
A forty-five meter high frame will be constructed within a month or two to support the cloth covering the reactors.
In waters around the plant, radioactive material has been detected in the Pacific Ocean some 40-kilometers away from the nuclear plant while contaminated seawater containing more than 3-thousand times the legal limit of iodine has been recorded.
On Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Company said it found a 20-centimeter concrete crack at the lower levels of reactor number-2, where radioactive water had been accumulating after it had been sprayed onto the reactor to cool it.
TEPCO has tried to stop the leakage of radioactive water by pouring in fresh concrete, but the concrete was washed away by the seawater before it would set on the crack.
On Sunday, the company poured a polymer absorbent into a duct leading to the pit to clog up the holes but the volume of leaking water did not diminish.
TEPCO made another attempt to block the stream Monday by pouring a colored liquid into a tunnel linked to the pit to retrace the exact route of the contaminated water.
The company has stressed that no other reactors are thought to be leaking.
Meanwhile nuclear experts have expressed opposition to the idea of covering nuclear reactors with cloth as it will accumulate radiation within the plant and raise the risk of an explosion. Experts also added that the accumulated radiation would later hinder access to the plant for further stabilization efforts.
However, the Japanese government has stated that TEPCO will execute the plan despite the risks.
Song Ji-Sun, Arirang News.
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