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Japan Typhoon Man-Yi prompts toxic water release from Fukushima

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 16:52

Zee Media Bureau

Tokyo: The powerful Typhoon Man-Yi that brought torrential rains and gusty winds, flooding Japan’s prefectures, also targeted the Fukushima water tanks forcing authorities to release over 1000 tonnes of contaminated waters into the sea, officials said Tuesday.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) that operates the leaking nuclear plant said it released over 1,130 tonnes of water contaminated with low levels of Strontium into the sea after the typhoon worsened the situation.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture early morning today with the stormy winds of 100 miles per hour.

The rains brought by typhoon Man-Yi impacted upon enclosure walls that surrounded contaminated water leaking tanks.

Recent disclosures that the Fukushima plant is still leaking radiation and struggling to handle contaminated water used to cool its reactors have heightened the leak fears.

Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater.
Around 300 tonnes of mildly contaminated groundwater is entering the ocean every day having passed under the reactors, according to TEPCO.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 16:52
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