Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) made another announcement on Monday concerning storage tanks and radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to the nuclear operator, water have overflowed from the nuclear plant following heavy rains in the past couple of days.
According to TEPCO, heavy rains have caused water to overflow in 12 sectors of the nuclear plant containing storage tanks for radiation-contaminated water. It was also found that water with beta radiation were found beyond the levees. The utility’s specialists are now finding out the quantity of water that have leaked from the tanks as well as their radiation levels.
The radioactive-contaminated water, claimed by TEPCO to have spilled “due to heavy rain in the Tohoku region,” is most likely to increase people’s concerns and doubts on the nuclear operator’s ability to clean up the defunct nuclear plant. People may also be discouraged in buying produce from the prefecture.
Japan has been hit by Typhoon Wipha, considered the strongest to have come to Japan in a decade, but its effects could have been minimized if proper precautions were observed. Unfortunately, TEPCO has ignored the weather forecast warning. On Friday, TEPCO officials detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta radiation, considered 6,500 time higher compared to Wednesday’s readings.