'A Huge Amount of Radiation' as Fukushima Crisis Worsens
Contaminate. Store. Leak. Repeat.
That is the dangerous water cycle now taking place in Japan as huge amounts of water are being used to cool the damaged reactors and fuel rods remaining at the Fukushima plant with no safe way to contain, dispose, or deal with the thousands of tons of growing waste.
And the catastrophe only continues to worsen as reports from Japan on Tuesday indicate that a new and separate leak of “highly radioactive water” is now occuring from a storage tank with officials saying the undetected leak may have be allowing tons of contaminated water to seap into the ground every day for a month, or longer.
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The new leak is separate from the ones reported in recent weeks, but may foretell a whole new series of worry, according to experts.
The water from the ongoing and latest leak, according to Reuters, “is so contaminated that a person standing 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers.”
As the Japan Times reports:
“That is a huge amount of radiation. The situation is getting worse,” Michiaki Furukawa, professor emeritus at Nagoya University and a nuclear chemist, told Reuters.
And Reuters adds: