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article imageNew highly radioactive leak at Fukushima

By Justin King     Feb 20, 2014 in World
Fukushima - Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has admitted that another leak was discovered last Wednesday. The leak is estimated at 100 metric tons of highly radioactive material. It is the worst admitted leak since last August.
The contaminated water spilled over a barrier and is being absorbed by the ground. TEPCO says they don’t believe any water has made its way into the Pacific Ocean from this leak.
Radioactive water reaching the Pacific has been a major concern since the tsunami and earthquake hit in 2011 causing the meltdown of three reactors. Hundreds of tons of contaminated groundwater flows into the Pacific Ocean daily.
According to TEPCO, the latest leak was caused by valves that were accidentally left open. This incident is serving as a reminder of the containment issues that have plagued the site since cleanup began.
The contaminated water is estimated to contain around 115 million becquerels of strontium 90 per liter. Strontium 90 is known to cause leukemia and bone cancer. If these radioactivity estimates are true, the water contains roughly 3.8 million times the amount allowable for safe drinking water in Japan.
Masayuki Ono, a spokesman for TEPCO said that the company is
taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak.
Earlier today Japanese officials stated that since the tsunami and earthquake, 1,656 people have died in Fukushima. Officials state the reason for the high death toll is “stress.”
One spokesman for the region said the people
have undergone drastic changes in their lives and are still unable to map out their future plans, such as homecoming, causing increased stress on them.
TEPCO was sharply criticized for waiting five months to inform the public about another recent leak.
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