Fukushima Site Leaking Radioactive Wastewater

August 20, 2013 · Print This Article

Radioactive water has been found leaking from storage tanks at the site of the Fukushima reactors which melted down in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. Three of the eight reactors at the site melted down after cooling systems losed out due to damage caused by the tsunami.

Storage tanks have been built near the crippled reactors to store the great quantities of water being used to cool off

the damaged reactor

cores. The melted reactors will need to be cooled off for years before further decontamination work can take place.

The leak has been classified as a low-level (Level 1) incident, but still, the radioactivity of the leak has been characterized as “equivalent to the limit for accumulated exposure by five years for nuclear workers.”

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[Source] Cynthia

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