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Japan:Highly radioactive water found near No.2 reactor

Friday, January 20, 2012

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has found 500 tons of highly radioactive water near the crippled No.2 reactor.

On December 18th, Tokyo Electric Power Company workers found radioactive water in an underground tunnel at a facility to store highly contaminated water.

Under the government’s direction, this month TEPCO started checking whether radioactive water is collecting in the plant’s other underground facilities.

On Thursday, the utility found around 500 tons of contaminated water in a pit near the No.2 reactor. The pit has a valve which is used for pumping in seawater.

The analysis of the contaminated water shows it has 16,200 becquerels of radioactive cesium per cubic centimeter. That represents the highest level of radioactive substances found in this month’s survey.

TEPCO also detected 600 tons of water containing 860 becquerels of radioactive elements per cubic centimeter in a pit near the No.3 reactor.

The utility says the radioactive water is unlikely to have leaked into the ocean as the density of radioactive materials in seawater near the No.2 and No.3 reactors has remained unchanged.

The company plans to determine how the contaminated water collected in the tunnels.



Laaska News.