Japan: Melting Ice Wall Around Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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The ice wall built in the basement around the damaged nuclear power plant Fukushima Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) Daiichi may have partially melted, the public television network NHK reported on Friday (26/11).

The company TEPCO plans to strengthen it in early December and is also studying other possible measures, according to the network and as broadcast by the Athens News Agency.

The wall, which is made of ice, is an extremely expensive and time-consuming project and was constructed to prevent the contamination of underground currents.

The wall was part of efforts to reduce radioactive contamination after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, which destroyed the plant and caused the reactors to melt.

TEPCO has not yet confirmed the NHK information.

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