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Press Release (Apr 20,2011)
Out flow of fluid containing radioactive materials to the ocean from areas near intake canal of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 (continued report 16)
 
At around 9:30 am on April 2nd, 2011, we detected water containing
radiation dose over 1,000 mSv/h in the pit* where power supply cables are
stored near the intake channel of Unit 2. Furthermore, there was a crack
of about 20 cm length on the concrete lateral of the pit, from where the
water in the pit was out flowing to the ocean. At around 12:20 pm on April
2nd, we reaffirmed the event at the scene.
We have implemented sampling of the water in the pit, together with the
seawater in front of the bar screen near the pit. These samples were sent
to Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station for analyses.

At around 5:38 am on April 6th, we have observed stoppage of spilling of
water to the ocean from the crack on the concrete lateral of the pit. For
the sake of completeness, we put further reinforcement for the stoppage of
leakage and consider countermeasures including continuous injection of
coagulant. We also note the water level of turbine building of Unit 2
remains unchanged. We will further investigate if there is any other
leakage.

Since April 5th we have been conducting sampling surveys of the water in
the pit and the seawater in front of the bar screen near the pit.
Regarding the survey results of the detection of three nuclides (iodine
131, cesium 134, cesium 137), we report those as definite results. As for
other nuclides, we will revaluate in accordance with the preventive
measures formulated after being given warning from Nuclear and Industrial
Safety Agency (NISA) on April 1st.

From April 12th, due to the installation of silt fences, we changed the
sampling points from the front of the bar screen of Unit 4 to the north
and the south of the inside of the water intake canal of Units 1 to 4.
Since April 17th, we have been conducting an additional sampling survey at
the outside of the silt fence in front of the bar screen of Unit 2, in
order to assess the effect of the installation of the silt fence.
                                                       (Already announced)

On April 19th, 2011, we collected samples from the water in the pit and
the seawater in front of the bar screen near the pit. As a result of
nuclide analyses, radioactive materials were detected as described in the
attachment. Accordingly, we have reported the result of the analysis to
NISA and the government of Fukushima Prefecture.

* pit: a vertical shaft made of concrete 
Appendix: Result of Nuclide Analysis of the seawater at the shallow draft 
          quay, Unit 2 screen, and the water intake canal of Unit 1-4 
                                                        (PDF 11.3KB) 
Appendix: Radioactivity density of seawater(PDF 19.7KB) 
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