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Bad weather has damaged a silt fence erected to contain radioactive material escaping from the crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday, raising fears that more tainted water might flow into the Pacific Ocean.

The breach was found at 10:40 a.m. Thursday near intact reactors 5 and 6, which take in core-cooling seawater that is later pumped back into the ocean.

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