S Korea to offer boric acid to Japan

15:48, March 16, 2011      

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South Korea will offer boric acid to Japan to help the neighboring country cope with an unfolding nuclear crisis triggered by last week's massive earthquake and tsunami, the South Korean government said Tuesday.

The government has sent a sample of boric acid to Japan to assess usability of the material, which can slow down nuclear reactions and help contain radiation, before sending 52.6 tons as requested by the Japanese government, according to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

The ministry said it can well supply the requested amount of boric acid, with the reserve at home currently estimated at 309 tons.

Radiation has been leaking from damaged reactors at a crippled nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture, affecting up to 190 people in the area and leading tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.

Japanese authorities have poured boric acid and seawater into the reactors in a last-ditch effort to cool the reactors following a series of explosions at the stricken plant.

Source: Xinhua

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