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Tepco Pumps Water From Reactor Trenches, Adds Backup Power Lines

Tokyo Electric Power Co. pumped highly radioactive water from trenches at its crippled nuclear plant, and said it expects to complete installing additional cables to supply backup power to the station’s six reactors.

The company known as Tepco moved 1.41 million liters (372,000 gallons) of the water from the reactor No. 2 building, about 14 percent of the total, to a storage unit by 7 a.m. local time today, spokesman Takashi Kurita said at a media briefing in Tokyo. About 10 million liters is expected to be transferred over 26 days, the company said on April 19.