Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday that 100 metric tons of highly contaminated radioactive water had leaked out of a storage tank. This is the worst confirmed incident since last year’s series leaks that spilled large amounts of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean.
The news confirms how bad the situation still is, and highlights the fact that the nuclear disaster is far from over.
“We are taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak,” said Masayuki Ono, a spokesman for the utility, also known as Tepco.
According to reports from last year, 400 tons of toxic water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean each and every day – something that has been largely ignored by the mainstream media. To get an idea how bad the disaster really is, all you have to do is look at the latest plans coming out of Japan – they seem like something right out of a Looney Tunes cartoon.
TEPCO Building Ice Wall to keep Radioactive Water out of the Ocean
This week, TEPCO has started building a frozen wall to prevent radioactive waste from contaminating groundwater. The plan involves building a wall of frozen earth around the reactors using pipes filled with a coolant, which is supposed to stop groundwater from coming into contact with the radioactive water.
But the plan has already hit a snag, as radiation levels around the plant make it impossible for engineers to visit the drilling site. Until radioactive levels drop, engineers are relying on remotely controlled cameras to monitor the drilling.