Quote:Levels of radioactive materials have been skyrocketing in the sea near the nuclear power plant hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, fanning concerns about the expansion of sea contamination and the impact on fishery products.
Earlier in the day, the government and the plant operator were trying to remove radioactive water from inside the buildings at the plant -- another clog in restoring the station's crippled cooling functions.
Removal of contaminated water is necessary to reduce the risk to workers being exposed to radioactive substances as it hinders efforts to restore the cooling functions, which are crucial to overcome the crisis.
TEPCO is considering using a large artificial floating island, a so-called ''megafloat,'' to store the tainted water, the agency said, while it will also inject nitrogen into the containment vessels of the plant's reactors to help prevent the risk of more hydrogen explosions.
The megafloat will be provided by the city of Shizuoka.
I'm feeling safer already.