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New radioactive water leak reported at Fukushima

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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A fresh radioactive water leak has been reported at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan by the plant operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
120 tons of highly radioactive water has escaped the purification system pipe through a hole. 80 litres of the contaminated reached the open sea.

Researchers registered an abrupt jump in radiation levels in the area where the pipe burst, a jump making up 140,000 Becquerels per cubic centimetre, which is hundreds of times above normal.

TEPCO experts are already working on the problem. The situation at the plant has been stabilised.

Mar 27, 2012





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Tokyo Electric Power Company says about 80 liters of water contaminated with radioactive strontium has leaked into the sea off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Workers found the leak in tanks at the plant site around 8:30 AM on Monday. The facilities store water after radioactive materials are removed.

The leakage stopped 20 minutes later when the workers turned the pumps off.

But the firm estimates that 120 tons of water has seeped out through pipe connections, and 80 liters reached the ocean via a sewer system located below the pipes.

TEPCO said it detected highly radioactive substances in the sea water around the overflow, emitting 0.25 becquerels per cubic centimeters of beta particles.

It said a safety barrier is still under construction and was unable to stop the spill.

The utility had a similar incident at the plant last December. After that, the government had declared a cold shutdown but since then, water has leaked many times.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 01:19 +0900 (JST).