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Workers discover radioactive water leaking from Japanese nuclear facility

December 5, 2011

TOKYO — Workers at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, which was badly damaged during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March, discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water Sunday morning, CNN reported.

The water was found inside a barrier around an evaporative condensation apparatus, which is used to purify sea water used at the plant to cool reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it was able to stop the leak by stacking sandbags around a crack found in a concrete barrier around the condensation unit, the article stated.

TEPCO said it is still working to see how much contaminated water may have reached the ocean.