FCO revised Japan travel advice

by Emily DUNBAR on April 7, 2011

The Foreign Office had revised its travel warning for Japan, saying non-essential travel to Tokyo is now okay, but trips to areas northeast of the capital should still be avoided. While workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant start injecting nitrogen into reactors in an attempt to prevent further explosions, some areas around Tokyo are still badly affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

On Wednesday it was reported that engineers have managed to plug a gap that was leaking radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean. The leak, which had apparently been in place since the plant was first damaged, had been plugged with hardening agent and liquid glass. Previous attempts to stem the flow with shredded newspaper, sawdust and concrete had failed.

The damaged may have already been done, however, with Tepco confirming that the sea near to the damaged number 2 reactor recorded radiation level of 7.5 million times higher than usual on Tuesday. The Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, also cautioned that although one leak had been plugged, another could easily occur.

Seawater which was used to cool down the reactors while they were overheating also needs to be disposed of safety. Meanwhile, it has emerged that since the disaster, Tepco have applied for permission to build another two nuclear plants.

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