The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on April 6 that it had succeeded in stopping the leaking of highly radioactive water from a crippled nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean .

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima Power Plant No. 1, which is currently handicapped by the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami, injected about 6,000 litres of sodium silicate and another chemical agent to seal a seaside pit where the radioactive water had been leaking.

On April 5, TEPCO announced that it will start compensating for those by affected by the nuclear incident at the plant.

It will provide 180 million JPY (21 million USD) in support of nine cities and prefectures which had evacuated their residents, said its officials.

Around 80,000 people living near the troubled power plant have been ordered to evacuate since the incident occurred.

Farmers in Fukushima prefecture and surrounding areas are currently facing a ban to transport their food out to other localities due to worries about possible radioactive contamination.

A source from the Japanese government said that the authorities are considering covering the Fukushima plant No. 1’s damaged reactor buildings with special sheets to halt radiation release. The installation is expected to start in September at the latest and is estimated to cost Japan 80 billion JPY (930 million USD).

The Japan National Policy Agency reported on April 6 that nearly 12,500 died and over 15,000 others went missing in the 9-magnitude earthquake resulting in 10m-high tsunami on March 11./.