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Radioactive water leaks at plant

A report says radioactive water has leaked inside a nuclear power plant in south-western Japan, but did not escape into the environment.

Kyodo News agency reported that 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked in a pump at Kyushu Electric Power's Genkai plant.

Kyushu Electric issued a statement Friday about a pump problem but did not mention a leak.

Also on Friday, Japan's prime minister said work to stabilise a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant in the north-east of the country is on track.

Yoshihiko Noda said temperatures in three melted reactor cores at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have fallen below the boiling point and radiation leaks have declined.

A March earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant's power and cooling systems.


From Belfast Telegraph