New Major Leak at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Worst incident since August at tsunami-hit Japanese power station

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Patrol workers check for any leak from the storage tanks containing radioactive water at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on January 29, 2014 in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan.

A tank at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has leaked another 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water, the worst incident since August.

Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said Thursday that the water had overflowed late the previous day after a valve had mistakenly been left open.

“We are taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak,” said Masayuki Ono, a spokesman for the utility. “Water is unlikely to have reached the ocean as there is no drainage in that tank area.”

The leak, considered a level three, or “serious incident,” on the seven-point international scale for radiological releases, adds to criticism of the utility’s response to the three nuclear meltdowns that followed the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Last week, a nuclear regulatory official said Tepco had postponed the release of record-high measurements of highly radioactive strontium-90 in the groundwater, despite repeated requests.

[Reuters]

6 comments
DrDan2000
DrDan2000

150,000 people evacuated who can't return home. Cesium and Strontium releases into the ocean. Hundreds of thousands of tons of contaminated earth piling up in plastic bags. 100 tons of radioactive water leaking.   And so little media interest. So little global attention.

targetguys
targetguys

What is amazing is here we have just 3 comments on a very serious, planet wide issue, but if it were Justin Bieber getting jailed or a story about some football player coming out of the closet, there'd be thousands by now. Tell me the American people are not completely "dumbed down". Wait, we have to include the rest of the worlds population as well....right ?

DongLei
DongLei

why is the palnt still allowed to run? the japs government is apparantly on the same side of tepco. the international society is not asserting enough pressure too. when all marine lives are poisoned and muted, human being will follow. all for the sake of tepco's profits!

godistrukto
godistrukto

Is this for real?

"Sorry It probably hasn't reached the ocean."    


???

JimboJonesIV
JimboJonesIV

@DongLei The plant isn't "running", they're trying to clean up the mess, but not very well. Save some of your criticism for the Chinese and all the toxic air they produce as well, more people have had their health damaged by breathing the unwelcome dragon's breath China exports to the rest of the world than will be hurt by Japanese radiation.