Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Radioactive Water from Fukushima Daiichi Leaks Into Pacific Ocean by Kate James
Radioactive water leaked into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex. Japan and TEPCO keep continue handing out bad news since the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region in March.
Unbelievably, 45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from the water purification system over this past weekend, and some of this water may have ended up in the ocean. Will the bad news ever stop coming? TEPCO is desperately trying to get Fukushima Daiichi in cold shutdown by the end of
December, and the situation is obviously difficult.
The nuclear power plant experienced three nuclear core meltdowns in the wake of the Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami on March 11. Since that day, the news out of the plant has been mostly bad. This latest setback is one in a series of problems TEPCO faces while they try to get the nuclear complex under control and into cold shutdown. The effects of the nuclear contamination will not be known for years if not decades.
The loss of life and property in the wake of the tsunami is unimaginable. The people who remain now have to worry about nuclear contamination in their food, water and environment. The situation is not good.