February 24, 2015
Four years after the tragedy, Japan is still struggling to control the remains of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. But there is no good news. Tepco, the operator of the plant, has just confirmed that it has detected a new leakage of water into the sea whose radioactivity is up to 70 times higher than the normal level.
The new radioactive leak was detected this past Sunday and represents a new proof of how complex it is to manage and dismantle the damaged plant. According to Tepco, the sensors that have captured this new leak are anchored to a drain that discharges water used to cool the Fukushima plant into a nearby bay. These sensors have detected levels of radioactivity between 50 and 70 times higher than the average.
The level of radioactivity detected in the water, says the company, reached 7,230 becquerels per liter. The level established as safe by Tepco technicians cannot exceed 5 becquerels. Officials from the plant and Japanese officials have confirmed that they have completely closed that drain to avoid continuing to contaminate the Pacific Ocean, although it is unknown how much water has already been filtered.
via Detect new leak in Fukushima 70 times more radioactive than normal.
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