Giant tent erected over Japan nuclear reactor

Officials hope the cover will keep leaked radioactive materials from spreading.

Tokyo: The operator of Japan`s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is building a huge tent to cover one of the worst-hit reactors.

Officials hope the cover will keep leaked radioactive materials from spreading, prevent rainwater seepage and offer a barrier from further leaks.

The tent is being erected to provide a temporary replacement for the No 1 reactor`s outer housing shell, which was destroyed in an explosion caused by high pressure the day after Japan`s deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
A spokesman for the power utility Koji Watanabe said on Friday that construction began this week.

Bureau Report

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