Sunday, April 3, 2011

Highly radioactive water seeps directly into the sea from Fukushima

Tokyo. .- Experts from TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant in Fukushima, today confirmed a leak to the sea water with high levels of radioactivity from the reactor 2 of the plant, public broadcaster NHK reported. The liquid is filtered through a crack of about 20 inches in the wall of a pit near the reactor, where water is contaminated with a depth of between 10 and 20 centimeters.

After detecting the crack and to contain the leak, the operators working in Fukushima are preparing to pour concrete at the site, located near the water inlet of the reactor 2, where several electrical cables, according to NHK. TEPCO sources indicated that there radioactivity levels have reached more than 1,000 millisievert per hour.

The operator is investigating whether there are other leaks of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean after the last few days have been detected in coastal waters near the Fukushima nuclear plant radiation levels well above legal limits. Operations to contain the leak was joined in efforts to drain the pools of highly radioactive water in several areas of Units 1, 2 and 3, which hamper the work to restore the cooling of the reactors.

This became the focus of the nuclear crisis that Japan lives since the tsunami that followed the earthquake of March 11 damaged their emergency generators, which paralyzed the overall cooling system.

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