Thursday, February 20, 2014
Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaks Radioactive Water
Via BBC News: Around 100 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, operator Tokyo Electric (Tepco) says. The toxic water may have overflowed after a valve was left open by mistake, Tepco said. However the water was unlikely to have reached the ocean, the operator added. The water from Wednesday's leak was radioactive, with a reading of 230 million becquerels per liter of radioactive isotopes, Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono told reporters. A becquerel is a unit used to measure radioactivity. WHO guidance advises against drinking water with radioactivity levels higher than 10 becquerels per liter.