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Contaminated water leaked at Fukushima via Radio Australia

Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spilled four tonnes of radioactive water.

Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spilled four tonnes of radioactive water, likely contaminating the soil and possibly groundwater.

A spokesman for the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the accident occurred during the transfer of polluted rain water from one of the plant’s concrete gutters to an empty storage tank.

TEPCO has estimated roughly four tonnes of collected rainwater might have escaped.

The spokesman said the extent of contamination was unclear although it was not thought to be highly polluted.

“The water itself was rain water. But it was from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and could contain radioactive materials,” he said.

“The water seeped into the ground.”

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