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Japan – Strontium at Fukushima plant flows into sea

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Company says more radioactive wastewater has leaked from its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and flowed into the sea. The water contained high levels of strontium.

Workers at the plant discovered water leaking from a pipe connected to a wastewater tank, at around 2:00 AM on Thursday.

Workers shut valves, and the flow stopped about half an hour later.

TEPCO says about 12 tons of wastewater leaked from a disconnected joint in the pipe. The company also says it believes that a large portion of the water has flowed into the ocean through a nearby drainage ditch.

The utility is trying to determine how the joint became disconnected, and how much water poured into the sea.

Radioactive wastewater also leaked on March 26th from a different section of the same piping.

Last December, water leaked from another device within the plant compound.

Thursday, April 05, 2012