Tokyo stocks tumbled further Tuesday, with the Nikkei index shedding more than 14 percent at one point on panic selling triggered by fears over deepening troubles at a quake-hit nuclear power plant.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 1,015.34 points, or 10.55 percent, to close at 8,605.15 after falling to as low as 8,227.63, the lowest since April 1, 2009, on an intraday basis.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 80.23 points, or 9.47 percent, to 766.73.
All 33 sectors on the TSE took a battering, with the electric and gas sector leading decliners, followed by the iron and steel and real estate sectors. Of the decliners, the insurance sector had the smallest loss.