Race against time at Fukushima Daiichi as Typhoon Roke approaches

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Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Japan’s Pacific coast were racing against time to ready the crippled plant against a powerful typhoon heading straight for it, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Teams were putting sheeting over holes in the reactor buildings to try to prevent torrential rain from getting inside the stricken reactors.

Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 216 kilometers per hour, made landfall near Hamamatsu, central Japan, at about 2 p.m. and was on course to move northeast toward the plant.

“We have taken every possible measure against the typhoon,” said Naoki Tsunoda, a spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the power plant.

“We have tied down cables and hoses while fixing equipment so that radioactive materials would not spread (in violent winds),” he said, adding operations on the ground and at sea had been suspended.

He said tarpaulin was being placed over any holes in the buildings in a bid to limit the amount of water getting inside.

Source: www.japantoday.com, via Twitter search for Fukushima
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