Japan Stops Nuclear Leak, But New Explosion Concerns Arise

Radioactive water from Fukushima is no longer leaking into the Pacific Ocean, after workers were able to patch up a tear in the plant by injecting it with over 6000 liters of chemicals, including something called 'water glass.' Thought to have been coming from Reactor 2, agents will monitor the plug to ensure it doesn't spring a leak elsewhere, or was coming from a different reactor. And while that plug serves as a small triumph in a disaster defined by tragedy, now Tokyo Electric Company is concerned about a possible hydrogen explosion:

Meanwhile, TEPCO said it may inject nitrogen into the No. 1 reactor's containment vessel possibly later Wednesday.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said the move is considered with the aim to stop a possible hydrogen explosion ''in advance'' and that it does not mean there is an ''immediate danger.''

The nitrogen injection process is expected to take several days, and may lead to the release of radioactive substances in the air.

Meanwhile, seawater continues to test positively for unsafe levels of radiation. Read morehere, via Daily Beast.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 6, 2011, 5:37am

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