Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

AP News
Posted: Apr 03, 2011 4:36 AM
Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ ENGINEERS WORK TO STOP RADIOACTIVE LEAK. Engineers try to stem a leak of highly radioactive water spilling into the Pacific with a new method after concrete failed to seal a crack discovered Saturday. They injected polymer that can absorb enormous amounts of water into a pipe that connects to the maintenance pit from where the water is leaking. It's not yet known if that has worked.

_ BODIES FOUND AT NUCLEAR PLANT. The first deaths at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant itself are confirmed by the operator. A 21-year-old and a 24-year-old were conducting regular checks at the complex when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit March 11. The bodies were not discovered until Wednesday and had to be decontaminated. The announcement was delayed while authorities notified their families, a TEPCO spokesman said.

_ DEATH TOLL. The National Police Agency says the death toll from the disaster has risen to 12,020. Another 15,512 are missing.