February 23, 2019

New Radiation leak outside Fukushima nuclear power plant

Tsunami, earthquake and lots of explosions. Yes everything is fine here at the Fukushima plant. All we need is power and then everything will be ok. Yeah Right?

Japanese officials have announced that for the first time highly radioactive water has been found outside one of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The leak is in a tunnel linked to the No 2 reactor and raises the level of anxiety in Japan that radioactive liquid is seeping into the wider environment.

The Japanese government has layed into the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company for mistaken radiation readings that caused shock and panic in Japan.

Tepco announced on Sunday that a highly radioactive pool of water in the No 2 reactor was 100 times more radioactive than it actually was. What’s a few extra zeros between friends eh?

“Considering the fact that the monitoring of radioactivity is a major condition to ensure safety, this kind of mistake is absolutely unacceptable,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.

Up until now the pools of radioactive water have been contained within reactor buildings. Now that it has been found outside, especially in a maintenance tunnel that has an outlet near the sea, there is real concern that two-headed tuna might result.

Tepco has apologised but the mistaken reading at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has called into question the operating company’s handling of the current crisis.

Tepco has been criticised for a lack of transparency and failing to provide information more promptly and for making a number of mistakes, including worker clothing.

Two workers were taken to hospital last week after wading though contaminated water with inadequate protection. They were expected to be released on Monday, but it is unclear what their future health will be like.