Japan nuke plant dumps radioactive water into sea

photo Masataka Unoura, 81, plants a tree on the ground where his house used to be in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and YURI KAGEYAMA

Associated Press

TOKYO - Workers began pumping more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, freeing storage space for even more highly radioactive water that has hampered efforts to stabilize the reactors.

It will take about two days to pump most of the less-radioactive water out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, whose cooling systems were knocked out by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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