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TOKYO (Reuters) - Highly radioactive water overflowed barriers into Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operating utility said on Monday, after it underestimated how much rain would fall at the plant and failed to pump it out quickly enough.
Tepco said it had planned to pump out the accumulating rainwater into empty tanks, check it for radioactivity, and if it was uncontaminated, release into the sea. But the company was overwhelmed by the amount of rainwater.
"Our pumps could not keep up with the rainwater. As a result, it flowed over some containment areas," said Tepco spokesman Yoshikazu Nagai. The company had planned for 30 to 40 millimeters of rainfall on Sunday, but by late afternoon the rainfall already stood at around 100 millimeters, he said.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Wrabbit, Tepco was way out of their league the second they built the facility where they did. Japan is like a bowl of jello it has more wiggle in it than Elvis did. Then on top of that placing the structure next to the ocean was not asking for trouble but begging for it.
Tepco wonders how thing could get so bad so fast, well they need to look at their comedy of errors right from the get go for a clue. The Japanese are extremely innovative but it looks like Tepco is run by kindergarten dropouts. They lost face the second they realized they couldn't handle it and did not ask for help but tried to cover it up.
The amount of leaked Water is sooooo small and you may overestimate the Impact!