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More Radioactive Water Spotted Leaking from Japan's Fukushima Plant

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has leaked into the Pacific, yet again.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says workers spotted water spilling out of a broken pipe connected to the wastewater treatment system on Thursday.

The water contained high levels of the radioactive material strontium, and TEPCO estimates tons have already leaked into the ocean.

The company has struggled to control contaminated water leaks at the Fukushima plant since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered nuclear meltdowns last March.

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Nuclear Isotopes Caught Heading to Iran

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Russian customs agents said Friday morning they found 18 pieces of radioactive metal in the luggage of a passenger bound for Tehran. A radiation detector at the airport identified the luggage, which had levels of radiation 20 times the limit.

But on closer examination the isotope was identified as Na22, which is used in medicine. It is commonly used to trace sodium in the body. It cannot be used in the production of nuclear weapons.

Russia has an agreement with Iran to supply medical isotopes.

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Radioactive Leak Feared after Explosion at French Nuclear Plant

Picture taken on Aug. 31, 1973 of the French nuclear power plant of Marcoule. STF/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A nuclear power plant in southern France was rocked by an explosion Monday, raising concerns of a potential radioactive leak, according to local media reports.

French TV network France 3 says the blast at the Marcoule plant killed at least one person and left three others wounded.

Officials at France's atomic energy commission told ABC News the explosion occurred in a furnace used to melt waste with low to very low radioactive levels.  The blast was contained completely in the furnace.

France's government nuclear safety body, the ASN, released a statement hours after the incident reporting that there did not appear to be any radioactive leak.

"This is an industrial accident, not a nuclear accident," said a spokesperson for the energy firm EDF, which operates the plant.

The Marcoule nuclear facility does not house any active nuclear reactors.

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Radioactive Water Leaks into Pacific From Japanese Nuclear Plant

DigitalGlobe/ Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The source of highly radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a damaged nuclear plant has been identified, according to a Japanese nuclear official.

The water from the plant's nuclear core is reportedly leaking through a 20-centimeter crack of a concrete pit located on the outskirts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility.

The air above the leak has been deemed highly dangerous as it contains 1,000 millisieverts of radioactivity, according to Japanese nuclear safety officials.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the crack is being sealed with concrete.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been releasing radioactivity since northern Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that spawned a devastating tsunami on March 11.

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Plutonium Found in Soil Outside Japanese Nuke Plant

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Radiation from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors has now contaminated the ground and the sea surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi complex, as officials fear that some of the reactors may already be in partial meltdown.

Inside the plant, the problems are serious. Video captured smoke billowing from reactors two and three, a visible sign of the catastrophe happening inside.

Radioactive water has been found in all four of the reactors at the plant.

The news comes a day after officials apologized for an inaccurate reading of a major increase in radioactivity which caused a panic that led workers to flee the plant. The inaccurate reading was confirmed as a mistake Sunday night by operators at the plant.

"The number is not credible," said Tokyo Electric Power Company spokesman Takashi Kurita. "We are very sorry."

The mistake prompted harsh criticism from the government.

"Such a mistake is not something that should be forgiven or acceptable," said government spokesman Yukio Edano.

ABC News went to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company to ask Kurita about the latest in a number of conflicting reports coming from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

"We are so sorry to inconvenience everybody," he told ABC News. "We are trying to stabilize the situation. We are trying to give out the most accurate information." Asked why more help has not been brought in, his response was surprising.

"I agree with you actually, but we are doing our best but at the same time the government and also many companies are economists and defense force and fire department, all sorts of people have been supporting us to calm down the situation," said Kurita.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told reporters that radioactive water may be leaking into the ocean.

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