Japan mulls covering Fukushima reactors to prevent fallout

The Japanese government is considering new measures to stem radiation fallout from the troubled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, including covering them with cloth, Kyodo news reported on Wednesday.

Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said the authorities are looking into “every possibility” to rein in the crisis at the plant, which was damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The special cloth would reduce the amount of radioactive particles being released into the atmosphere.

Another measure under consideration is to collect contaminated seawater near the plant in a tanker. The water is reported to contain radioactive iodine at 3,355 times the legal limit.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government is on maximum alert as efforts continue to try to prevent major nuclear fallout.


TOKYO, March 30 (RIA Novosti)

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