Skip to comments.Japan nuclear plant leaks 300 tons of highly radioactive water
Posted on 08/20/2013 6:56:37 PM PDT by TexGrillEdited on 08/20/2013 6:57:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
BEIJING -- The operator of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan, said Tuesday that 300 tons of highly radioactive water had leaked from one of its storage tanks, the worst in a number of similar leaks since the catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Thanks for the info! :-)
They can’t build leak-proof tanks for something important like this?
And this is Japan?
I doubt seriously that they know how much has leaked ... the best guess that will fly publically...will change as the need arises.
300 tons of water is about 72,000 gallons. Sounds like a lot, but to put into perspective, an Olympic sized swimming pool holds more than nine times that amount.
If my calculations are correct that's on the order of a 20 foot cube of water
added to the Pacific Ocean.
The good news is it will eventually run out of water.
Lots of coverage here:
That would not be good news, as this is water they had been using to keep the damaged reactors cool. They better not run of water out until get the fuel out of them! With luck I may live long enough to see that reported. IIRC they hope to start removing spent fuel from the storage tank of reactor 4 in a year or so. That is the largest mass of the collective problem, although not the worst of the mass, and it should be the most straightforward to relocate somewhere safer, where ‘normal’ nuclear waste storage conditions apply.
Water cannot be radioactive. It’s half life is to short. Like seconds or minutes,
Depends on what the water is contaminated by. Every radioactive substance has a different half life.
News media doesn’t know its ass from a hole in the ground.
If released into the ocean it will disperse.
Nagasaki and Hiroshima are places where people still live right?
It has most likely been leaking every day for over 2 years since the accident. Which explains how California bluefin tuna are still testing positive for radiation. :(
“Nagasaki and Hiroshima are places where people still live right?”
They are today thriving metropolises.
I am amazed that Japan, a country that used to refuse to let nuclear powered ships dock in its ports, was soooo careless in the siting and building of their own nuclear plants and complete imbeciles in dealing with a nuclear event.
Reported from Beijing picked up by the LA Times. /s
Here watch this. It's slow to get started and take about 14 minutes to finish, but after seeing it you will wonder why we simply do not all glow at night, and why we would need streetlights.