At the potential threat of multiple nuclear meltdowns, Tokyo urgently requested Korea to send tons of boron supplies Tuesday and Seoul has positively responded to the call for help.
Elemental boron, effective in disrupting nuclear chain reactions, is desperately needed in Japanas authorities are resorting to using seawater mixed with boron to cool the nuclear power plants' overheated uranium fuel rods.
Power outage from last week's earthquake, worst ever in Japan's recorded history, has disrupted the cooling functions of nuclear reactorsand can cause overheating and melting down of nuclear power plants.
As the situation in Japan is dire, the Korean government has decided to first help the neighboring country by sending boron as soon as possibleeven if it causes Korea's own stock of boron to deplete.
Following the government's decision, the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Corporation is set to deliver boron to Japan as soon as possible.