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The operator of Japan's troubled nuclear plant is trying to determine where contaminated water from a waste disposal facility is leaking to, after finding that the water level inside the facility has dropped.
Tokyo Electric Power Company has been removing highly radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant's crippled reactors to the waste disposal facility within the compound.
The utility suspended the transfer from the No.3 reactor on Thursday and checked the water level in its section of the disposal facility.
Engineers learned that the water level had dropped by 4.8 centimeters over a 20-hour period, meaning some 57 tons of water has been lost.
The utility says it inspected inside the disposal facility and found contaminated water leaking to a passageway leading to another building.
TEPCO attributes the problem to a failure to stop the water leaking before the transfer began.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 19:57 +0900 (JST)
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it had continued injecting seawater into its No. 1 reactor at its crisis-stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, reversing its earlier story that it had suspended the work after receiving information that the prime minister's office was concerned about it.
The utility, known as TEPCO, said it learned of the move after questioning the head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, who told company officials this week that he had gone ahead in continuing seawater injection into the No. 1 reactor despite the firm's decision to suspend the work.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on May 26 that it had discovered a drop in the level of contaminated water kept in the basement of a building near troubled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, but the utility said the possibility was low of the toxic water leaking out of the facility.
Right. But if radioactive particles are airborne, rain can pull them out of the sky via rain, and depending on weather patterns, can do so in a concentrated area. It's just as possible to happen in a dispersed area. It depends on the weather pattern, we've seen both happen.
Originally posted by thedeadwalkk
Where are you getting this information? Rain doesn't increase the radioactivity of radioactive particles
Is this fearmongering? Because even if water is leaking, it's not getting to Fukushima, look at where Fukushima is on this fallout map:
Originally posted by smartbuddy
Huge Outcry Erupting: Gov’t is leaving Fukushima to suffer and perish — Impossible to evacuate Fukushima City, home to 300,000