Radioactive water has been found leaking from storage tanks at the site of the Fukushima reactors which melted down in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. Three of the eight reactors at the site melted down after cooling systems failed due to damage caused by the tsunami.
Storage tanks have been built near the crippled reactors to store the great quantities of water being used to cool off the damaged reactor cores. The melted reactors will need to be cooled off for years before further decontamination work can take place.
The leak has been classified as a low-level (Level 1) incident, but still, the radioactivity of the leak has been characterized as "equivalent to the limit for accumulated exposure over five years for nuclear workers."
written by jamie holland, August 22, 2013
written by Edward Jason, August 30, 2013
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