Environment Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Published on September 1st, 2013 | by No Artificial

Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported

Japanese authorities warn that Fukushima radiation levels has spiked.

The last readings, taken near the leaking tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, have shown radiation was high enough to kill an exposed person in four hours.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), had originally claimed the radiation emitted by the leaking water was around 100 millisieverts an hour. Now the company reveals a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour. This is believed to be the fourth major leak from storage tanks at Fukushima since the plant was struck by a powerful tsunami in March 2011.

Tepco also said another storage tank had leaked 300 tonnes of radioactive water, possibly into the sea.

The chairman of the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, Shunichi Tanaka, stated:

“We cannot fully stop contaminated water leaks right away. That’s the reality. The water is still leaking in to the sea, and we should better assess its environmental impact.”

Experts noted that the scale of water leakage may be worse than officials have admitted.


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