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Monday, 19 August 2013

Highly toxic puddles found near water tanks at Fukushima plant


TOKYO, Aug. 20, Kyodo

Puddles with extremely high radiation levels have been found near water storage tanks on the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan's nuclear regulators and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday.
The radiation level, measured around 50 centimeters above the toxic water, stood at about 100 millisieverts per hour, TEPCO said, while acknowledging that the water likely came from a tank. At least around 120 liters is estimated to have leaked out.
TEPCO denied that toxic water had flowed into the adjacent Pacific Ocean, but the Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to study the possibility that the toxic water had escaped into the sea through nearby drains.
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