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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Radioactivity level in well water soars near leaky Fukushima tank

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THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A record level of radioactivity was found in a well near a storage tank from which 300 tons of highly radioactive water leaked in the summer at the devastated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
On Oct. 18, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 400,000 becquerels of beta ray sources, including radioactive strontium, were detected per liter of water taken on Oct. 17, about 6,500 times more than the 61 becquerels recorded the previous morning.
The observation well is about 10 meters north of the tank where the leak was discovered in August. The tank was holding radioactive water with concentrations of 200 million becquerels, which was contaminated by the ongoing operation to cool the reactors.
High levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, have been detected in this well, but not strontium, which moves more slowly than tritium. Strontium, which tends to accumulate in human bones, is believed to cause cancer and leukemia.
“There is a possibility that radioactive materials contained in the leaked contaminated water has reached the well,” a TEPCO official said. “We will examine details to find out why the radioactivity level rose sharply.”

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Notice they didn't build a wall, they built a ditch, also, not the strategic location between the tanks, and its outlet straight into the ocean, beyond the supposed 'radiation proof' harbour.....

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