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Posted August 20, 2013 by DJ Enuff in News
 
 

Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima [Photo]

File photo of an aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture

About 300 metric tons of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank into the ground at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant. The plant initially received major damages from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the nation and has since suffered a series of water leaks and power failures. The plant leak is described as a level-one incident (the lowest level) and is currently emitting 100 millisieverts an hour of radiation. Masayuki Ono, general manager of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) explained, “One hundred millisieverts per hour is the equivalent to the limit for accumulated exposure over five years for nuclear workers; so it can be said that we found a radiation level strong enough to give someone a five-year dose of radiation within one hour.” TEPCO has been accused of attempting to cover up the severity of the power plant’s damages and subsequent leaks following the 2011 tsunami.