Fukushima Emergency: Radioactive Water Breaches Underground Barrier, Contaminates Ocean [VIDEO]
A Fukushima emergency has been issued in Japan where authorities say radioactive water at the Daiichi power plant has breached an underground barrier and is leaking into the ocean. According to NBC News, the group responsible for containing the radioactive water has been having trouble doing so.
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The Fukushima emergency issued today is the result of a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi power plant north of Tokyo, causing the a fuel-rod meltdown at three of the reactors. More than 160,000 people had to be evacuated from the area as radioactive material contaminated the surrounding air, sea and food.
Over the past two years, between 20 trillion and 40 trillion Becquerel of radioactive tritium has leaked into the sea.
Following the meltdown at Fukushima, the job of cleaning up the mess was left to Tokyo Electric Power co. But it looks like their countermeasures are failing.
"[Tepco's] sense of crisis is weak," Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, a watchdog group, told Reuters. "This is why you can't just leave it up to Tepco alone."
And now, two years later, radioactive water used to cool the reactors during the meltdown is leaking into the ocean, having breached an underground barrier made by injecting chemicals into the ground that solidified.
Officials worry that the contaminated water could rise to the surface of the ground within three weeks. According to Christian Science Monitor, new measures will be taken to counteract the power plant leak, including pumping out 100 tons more of groundwater a day.
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