Water from Fukushima 6,700 Times More Radioactive than Legal LimitsAssociation of Construction & Development
October 9, 2013 — 1,515 views
It looks like Fukushima is not yet done with its share of worries. It was recently reported that the crippled nuclear plant at Fukushima in Japan has suffered another major leak. This leak is said to have spilled around 450 liters of contaminated water. Adding to the misery is the information which revealed that this water is thousands of times more radioactive than the permitted limits.
Yet Another Leak at Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Tokyo Electric Power Company said that the water which spilled out of the storage tanks has radiation readings of 200,000 Becquerels per liter. This amount is said to be around 6,700 times much higher than the permitted limit which is 30 Becquerels.
Sandbags have been placed in the area to prevent the leak from spreading any further. But, it is being speculated that some of the radioactive water might have already made its way to the plant harbor in the Pacific Ocean through one of the drainage trenches.
The news of this leak came just one day after the announcement by Yoshinoya Holdings to grow vegetables on one of the farms near the nuclear plant. Yoshinoya Holdings is a fast food company in Japan.
Reason Behind this Massive Leak
A TEPCO spokesperson at a recent press conference said that the reason behind this leak could be a miscalculation by the workers. He said that the workers happened to miscalculate the water holding capacity of tank as it is placed on a slope.
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Yoshihide Suga said that the measures that were announced to stop such leaks were insufficient. He also said that the cabinet will work hand in hand with TEPCO so that such incidents can be prevented.
The Emergence of Fukushima’s Misery
Such nuclear leaks have been adding to the woes of Fukushima ever since the tsunami and earthquake disaster of March 2011. Since then, the nuclear plant in the region has witnessed three meltdowns. Around 300,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to mishaps at the plant. A survey released last month revealed that the evacuation process happened to kill more people than the disaster itself.
This latest crisis has prompted the Prime Minister of the country, Shinzo Abe, to invest around half a billion dollars in building a subterranean wall of ice. This attempt has been made to prevent the mixing of groundwater with the water that is being used to cool down the melted rods.