Bodies of Japan nuclear workers found

The utility that runs a tsunami-crippled Japanese nuclear power plant says two workers were killed when the wave swept ashore more than three weeks ago.

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s announcement today is the first confirmation of deaths at the plant. The workers had been missing since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said the bodies were found on Wednesday and had to be decontaminated. The announcement was delayed out of consideration for the families.

Radiation has been spewing from the plant since the tsunami knocked out cooling systems there, causing the reactors to dangerously overheat.

Yesterday, it was discovered that highly radioactive water was spilling into the sea from a leak in a maintenance pit.

The contaminated water will quickly dissipate and is not expected to cause any health hazard, but pooling water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has hampered the work of technicians trying to stabilise the complex’s reactors.

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