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A nuclear power station in Japan is leaking, this time the Takahama plant, about 380km west of Tokyo. The radioactive water leak comes amid a nationwide push to restart reactors after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima five years ago.
The reactor would have been the fourth to come on after the shutdown. The push by the government and utility companies came amid protests across Japan against the continued reliance on nuclear energy, prompted by failures to get the Fukushima crisis under control. Now Kansai Electric Power says about 34 liters of radioactive water have escaped the plant’s reactor No. 4.
An investigation is underway.
An area of upper-level low pressure is forecast to move inland from the east Pacific this weekend and then advance to the central U.S. by the middle part of next week, while an area of upper-level high pressure builds along the East Coast. Strong onshore flow is likely to persist along the West Coast through mid-March. Surface high pressure is forecast to prevail across the Bering Sea, while low pressure remains anchored over the Gulf of Alaska.