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.

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