3 April 2011 Last updated at 03:17 ET
The bodies of two workers killed by the tsunami which wrecked Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant more than three weeks ago have been recovered.
Their remains were found last Wednesday but had to be decontaminated before they could be returned to the families.
Meanwhile, officials are still struggling to stop contaminated water leaking into the sea from a crack in reactor 2.
They now intend to try using an absorbent polymer to plug the gap.
Initial attempts to stop the leak by pouring concrete into the containment pit have failed.
The authorities say the radioactive material will rapidly dissipate in the sea and is not thought likely to endanger health.
But the pools of contaminated water within the nuclear plant are hampering efforts to stabilise the reactors.
Thousands still missing
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which operates the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said the bodies of the two missing workers were found on 30 March in the basement of the turbine building of reactor 4.
They were named as Kazuhiko Kokubo, 24, and Yoshiki Terashima, 21.
They died of bleeding from multiple head wounds, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.
Fukushima nuclear plant
- Reactor 1: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas explosion. Radioactive water detected in reactor and basement, and groundwater
- Reactor 2: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas blast; containment damage suspected. Highly radioactive water detected in reactor and adjoining tunnel
- Reactor 3: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas blast; containment damage possible. Spent fuel pond partly refilled with water after running low. Radioactive water detected in reactor and basement
- Reactor 4: Reactor shut down prior to quake. Fires and explosion in spent fuel pond; water level partly restored
- Reactors 5 & 6: Reactors shut down. Temperature of spent fuel pools now lowered after rising high
An operation to search for those still missing from communities further north along the coast is continuing on land and at sea, says the BBC’s Rachel Harvey in Tokyo.
More than 60 bodies have been recovered over the past two days, our correspondent says, but more than 16,000 people remain unaccounted for.
On Saturday, Tepco officials said water contaminated with radioactive iodine was leaking from a 20cm (8in) crack in the pit at reactor 2.
They had earlier said they suspected radioactive material was escaping continuously from the plant.
Measurements showed the air above the radioactive water in the pit contained 1,000 millisieverts of radioactivity.
Also on Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited the area around Fukushima – his first ground visit to the disaster zone, although he had flown over tsunami-hit areas the day after the earthquake.
Mr Kan, who flew into Rikuzentakata on a military helicopter from Tokyo, visited an evacuation centre and the base camp for workers trying to stabilise the plant, just inside the 20-km exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi.
Mr Kan assured people in Rikuzentakata affected by the disaster that the Japanese government would do all it could to help them.
In the first confirmation of fatalities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, the plant’s operator on Sunday announced the recovery of the bodies of two workers who had gone missing after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Yoshiki Terashima, 21, and Kazuhiko Kokubo, 24, had rushed to the turbine room of the No. 4 reactor to inspect the power switches and test the operation valves after the March 11 earthquake. An autopsy revealed that they likely died from the force of impact from the tsunami.
Their bodies were found in the building’s basement Wednesday afternoon and had to be decontaminated, the company said, adding the announcement was delayed out of consideration for the families.
Two employees of Tokyo Electric Power Company who had been missing since the March 11 quake and tsunami have been found dead at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the utility said on Sunday, adding that they died of bleeding from multiple wounds.
They are believed to have died around 4:00pm (local time) on March 11, apparently after the 2:46pm quake triggered a massive tsunami.
Their bodies were found Wednesday and required work to remove radioactive materials from them, the utility said.
The plant is continuing to release high-level radiation in Japan’s worst ever nuclear crisis.
The two were identified as Kazuhiko Kokubo, 24, and Yoshiki Terashima, 21, who both belonged to an operation management division.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the first name.
25 (Y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) + 15 (o is the 15th letter of the alphabet) + 19 (s is the 19th letter of the alphabet) = 59
So from ages zero to twenty-seven he had the number 59 going on.
59 = Nuclear energy. Decontaminate. Funeral arrangements.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
2 6 6
the most important thing he could do and how he obtained his heart’s desire both = KO = 26 = In the news.
Ages 18 to 27 are ruled by the third letter of the name.
Z is the 26th letter of the alphabet, so from ages eighteen to twenty-seven he had the number 26 going on.
26 = In the news.