What a surprise! The operator of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tepco, says workers have found a leak of highly radioactive water at the plant's site. They say the water flowed into the plant's port. (Ocean)
We are all dumbfounded by such sudden unexpected horrible news, maybe we should start a worldwide crowdfunding project to provide them with sufficient plenty masking tape!
Tokyo Electric Power Company says the contaminated water was leaking from a hose connecting a wastewater tank and a building at the plant.
The hose had a crack about 1 centimeter long. The contaminated water was produced in a process to clean up rainwater tainted by radioactive materials at the plant.
Utility officials said the leaked water flowed into a nearby drainage channel and into the port.
They said they detected about 1,200 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting substances from water taken from the channel on Thursday. That figure was 40 times the level the previous day.
They said the figure rose to a maximum of 1,400 becquerels on Friday. The officials believe the leakage continued over the two days.
The company says concerns were raised about the hoses' durability. It has been replacing them.
Authorities in Fukushima Prefecture have urged the company to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of the leak. They say the company should take thorough measures to prevent a recurrence.