TOKYO Aug 20 The operator of Japan's crippled
Fukushima nuclear plant said on Tuesday it believes about 300
tonnes of highly contaminated water has leaked from a storage
tank designed to hold overflows from the site.
The leaked water contains 80 million becquerels of radiation
per litre, a Tokyo Electric spokesman said by phone. The company
will give further details at a media conference at 0330 GMT.
A becquerel is a measure of the release of radioactive
The Fukushima plant was crippled by an earthquake and
tsunami in March 2011, the world's worst nuclear disaster in a
quarter of a century.
The government said this month it would step up its
involvement in the plant's cleanup after announcing the station
was leaking contaminated water into the ocean, following months
of denials of a leakage by Tokyo Electric.