Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant

Updated: 2011-06-18 12:26


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

TOKYO - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, said on Saturday it had suspended an operation to clean up radioactive water only hours after it had begun as radiation levels rose faster than expected.

"The level of radiation at a machine to absorb caesium has risen faster than our initial projections," said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co .

Related readings:
Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant TEPCO starts cleaning highly radioactive water
Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant Japan cabinet agrees TEPCO support bill
Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant TEPCO confirms fuel meltdown at 2 more reactors
Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant TEPCO's president resigns amid nuclear crisis

The plan had got underway on Friday after being delayed by a series of glitches.

Officials had said earlier this week that large and growing pools of radiactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant were in danger of spilling into the sea within a week unless action was taken quickly.

Tepco has pumped massive amounts of water to cool three reactors at the plant that went into meltdown after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disabled cooling systems.

But managing the radioactive water has become a major headache as the plant runs out of places to keep it. Around 110,000 tonnes of highly radioactive water is stored at the plant.



China is taking bigger strides to become a force in fashion.

Lasting Spirit
Running with the Beijingers
A twist in the tale

European Edition


Mom’s the word

Italian expat struggles with learning English and experiences the joys of motherhood again.

Lenovo's challenge

Computer maker takes on iconic brand apple with range of stylish, popular products

Big win

After winning her first major title, Chinese tennis star could be marketing ace for foreign brands

Vice-President visits Italy
Sky is the limit
Quest for green growth