TOKYO — Hundreds of water tanks are to be sent to Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to hold thousands of tons of water contaminated in the effort to keep its reactors cool, the operator said Sunday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has sourced 370 tanks with a total capacity for more than 40,000 tons of radioactive water, a company spokeswoman said.
“Two of the tanks got on the way to the plant late Saturday,” said TEPCO spokeswoman Ai Tanaka, adding that they would reach the site in two days or so. “It will be in mid-August that all the 370 tanks will get to the plant.”
Those tanks are kept in open space storage in Tochigi prefecture, south of Fukushima, will all be transported to the plant by road, she said.
A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and monster tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the plant on the Pacific coast on March 11.
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Tanks for radioactive water
Work is under way at a plant in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 5, 2011, to transport tanks to store and dispose of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima Prefecture in this photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter. (Kyodo)