New 5.9 quake jolts Japan; Zeolite dropped in Pacific
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Tokyo/Fukushima, Apr 16: Japanese engineers began dumping zeolite mineral to check sea water contamination near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, even as desperate efforts were launched today to combat the surge in the level of highly radioactive water in the reactor's tunnel.
As efforts continued to stabilize the plant, an aftershock of 5.9 magnitude struck the Kanto region in eastern Japan today at 11:19 am local time and was centred about 79 km below the ground in southern Ibaraki prefecture, according to the country's Meteorological Agency.
There were no initial reports of damage from the tremor, which shook buildings in Tokyo as well, more than a month after a monster magnitude-9 quake and tsunami left nearly 30,000 people dead or unaccounted for.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the troubled plant has begun dropping sandbags containing the mineral zeolite into the sea near the plant's water intakes. Zeolite is widely used to absorb contaminating materials. TEPCO hopes the it will absorb toxic materials, including cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, the NHK news reported.
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