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TEPCO to put giant polyester shield over Fukushima nuke plant reactor to stop leaks

June 16, 2011 - Tokyo

The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, has said that it would start building a giant cover shield around reactor building No.1 of the plant on June 27.

It would be a temporary measure to prevent further release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere.

According to The Daily Mail, a radio-controlled crane will be used to build the polyester cover around the shattered reactor.

The project is estimated to cost tens of millions of pounds.

The nuclear power plant was damaged by the devastating March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

It has been releasing large amounts of radioactive material, and the nuclear emergency level is currently on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, described as the world's worst ever-peacetime nuclear event.


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