Aerial photo taken on 9 July 2013 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuama, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan
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Fukushima radioactive water leak an 'emergency'

Japan's nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new "emergency" caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.

A barrier built to contain the water has already been breached, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority warned.

This means the amount of contaminated water seeping into the Pacific Ocean could accelerate rapidly, it said.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

  • 06 Aug 2013
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