Fukushima is Destroying the Pacific Ocean

The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility.

Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, including the ancient city of Kyoto.

The rain also lashed near the broken plant run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), swamping enclosure walls around clusters of water tanks containing toxic water that was used to cool broken reactors.

Some of the tanks were earlier found to be leaking contaminated water.

“Workers measured the radioactive levels of the water collected in the enclosure walls, pumping it back into tanks when the levels were high,” said a TEPCO official.

“Once finding it was mostly rain water they released it from the enclosure, because there is a limit on how much water we can store.”

The utility said about 1,130 tons of water with low levels of radiation — below the 30 becquerels of strontium per litre safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities — were released into the ground.

But the company also said at one site where water was found contaminated beyond the safety limit workers could not start the water pump quick enough in the torrential rain, and toxic water had leaked from the enclosure for several minutes.

Strontium is a potentially cancer-causing substance that accumulates in bones if consumed.

Read more at The Huffington Post via the AFP

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  1. Will
    Will3 years ago

    This is tragic, and I don’t think anyone can really understand what long-term effects this has. On a similar note, I wonder what the effects of all the nuclear testing in the 20th century has had on this world.

    • glennk
      glennk3 years ago

      We have a plague of Cancer world-wide as a result of the Nuclear War we fought in the 50’s. Even though we didn’t drop the weapons on each other s cities. The radioactive fallout spread everywhere in the atmosphere.

  2. glennk
    glennk3 years ago

    Containing this nightmare should be at the very top of the World’s agenda and it doesn’t even make the news hardly anymore.

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