Skip to content

Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant via AP


TOKYO (AP) — Cooling water levels have fallen in two reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant since a powerful earthquake hit the area last weekend, indicating possible additional damage, its operator said Friday.

New damage could further complicate the plant’s already difficult decommissioning process, which is expected to take decades.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Keisuke Matsuo said the drop in water levels in the Unit 1 and 3 reactors indicates that the existing damage to their primary containment chambers was worsened by Saturday’s magnitude 7.3 quake, allowing more water to leak.

Since the 2011 disaster, cooling water has been escaping constantly from the damaged primary containment vessels into the basements of the reactor buildings. To make up for the loss, additional cooling water has been pumped into the reactors to cool the melted fuel remaining inside them. The recent decline in the water levels indicates that more water than before is leaking out, TEPCO said.

More than 180 people received mostly minor injuries from Saturday’s earthquake, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The quake also triggered landslides, damaged homes and a high-speed train line, and caused widespread power and water supply disruptions.

TEPCO initially reported that there was no abnormality at the plant from Saturday’s quake.

Matsuo said the cooling water level fell as much as 70 centimeters (27 inches) in the primary containment chamber of the Unit 1 reactor and about 30 centimeters (11 inches) in Unit 3. TEPCO wasn’t able to determine any decline in Unit 2 because indicators have been taken out to prepare for the removal of melted debris, it said.

Increased leakage could require more cooling water to be pumped into the reactors, which would result in more contaminated water that is treated and stored in huge tanks at the plant. TEPCO says its storage capacity of 1.37 million tons will be full next summer. A government panel’s recommendation that it be gradually released into the sea has faced fierce opposition from local residents and a decision is still pending.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo High Court on Friday held the government as well as TEPCO accountable for the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering both to pay about 280 million yen ($2.6 million) in compensation to more than 40 plaintiffs forced to evacuate to Chiba, near Tokyo, for their lost livelihoods and homes.

Friday’s decision reverses an earlier ruling by the Chiba district court that excluded the government from responsibility. Judge Yukio Shirai said the government could have foreseen the risk of a massive tsunami and taken measures after a long-term assessment in 2002 of seismic activities.


Read more.

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , .

8 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. Gündeme Dair Haberler says

    Haber denildiğinde her ne kadar siyasi gündem akla geliyor olsa da aslında haberin tam olarak karşılığı gündeme dair haberler demek yerinde olacaktır. Gündem sürekli değişirken insanların olup bitenleri anlık olarak fark edebilmesi de önemlidir. Yani Türkiye’nin bir ucundayken başka bir ucunda olup biteni öğreniyor olmak sizin genel kültürünüzü de çeşitlendirecek ve bu sayede kendi planlamalarınızı yapabilmenizi sağlayacaktır. Zaman çok hızlı bir şekilde akıp gidiyor ve kontrolü sağlayabilmekte neredeyse imkansız hale geliyor. Yani hiçbirimiz istediğimiz anlık bilgiye ulaşamamaktan memnun kalmıyoruz ve bunun içince cep telefonlarının bizim hayatımızda önemli bir yeri var.

    Referans :

  2. dark web links says

    It may surprise you to learn that a new type of site on the internet known as the dark web may be used by credit card scammers in order to obtain your confidential personal and financial information. The dark web is simply an area on the World Wide Web that is not visible to standard search engines. This means that it is not easily located by standard search engines such as Google or Yahoo! Unfortunately, people who are looking for how to get credit card numbers through the dark web may find themselves disappointed when they are unable to find what they are looking for – leaving themselves even more vulnerable to identity theft.

  3. Commercial Locksmith Services Tolleson AZ says

    Great post, you have pointed out some excellent points, I as well believe this is a very superb website.

  4. ironcad design crack says

    IRONCAD Design Collaboration Suite Crack is a weak and new business creation package, just like the engineers and configuration you need to create and modify the 2D and 3D models. This epic app has all the tools you need to turn your mind into natural health. ironcad design collaboration suite crack

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Homepage linked to this post on 2021/09/08

    … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 75905 more Infos: via-ap/ […]

  2. buy cc dumps online linked to this post on 2021/09/20

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Info here to that Topic: via-ap/ […]

  3. dilaudid hydromorphone pills 2mg 4mg 8mg for sale next day delivery without script cheap linked to this post on 2021/10/02

    … [Trackback]

    […] Information to that Topic: via-ap/ […]

  4. visit here linked to this post on 2021/10/06

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Info here on that Topic: via-ap/ […]

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.