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Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Shellee Tyler

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Typhoon Ma-on Heading For Fukushima Nuclear Plant

July 20th, 2011 by

As if the people of Japan haven’t suffered enough devastation, reports say that Typhoon Ma-on is heading toward Fukushima. While workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) are rushing to install a cover over a building at its crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to shield it from wind and rain, Typhoon Ma-on is fast approaching Japan.

Work on the cover for the turbine building of the No 3 reactor started yesterday, said TEPCO general manager Junichi Matsumoto. The transfer of tainted water for storage in a barge docked next to the plant was halted, spokesman Satoshi Watanabe said. The eye of Ma-on, categorised as “extremely strong,” was about 1,200km from the Fukushima plant, according to the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency, which issued warnings for floods and high waves along the southern coast from Okinawa to Tokyo.

The United States Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center said the storm may pass over the Fukushima plant by Thursday. While there is still a chance for a downgrade of the typhoon or a complete miss, this is something that many agencies will be monitoring closely.

Read More:  TODAYonline

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