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Japan says battle to save nuclear reactors has failed | guardian.co.uk

Damaged units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan. Photograph: Air Photo Service/EPA

Japanese officials have conceded that the battle to salvage four crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been lost.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the reactors would be scrapped, and warned the operation to contain the nuclear crisis, well into its third week, could last months.

Tepco’s announcement came as readings showed a dramatic increase in radioactive contamination in the sea near the atomic complex.

Read more here: Japan says battle to save nuclear reactors has failed | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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