4/4/11

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TEPCO launched into the sea 11,500 tons of radioactive water in Fukushima

Tokyo, April 4 .- The Japanese company TEPCO, which operates the battered Fukushima nuclear plant said today that from tomorrow to launch the Pacific Ocean up to 11,500 tons of radioactive water from the plant.
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said that the concentration of radioactivity in the water is one hundred times the legal limit, which considered relatively low.
According to the website of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, 10,000 tons come from special deposits of the nuclear plant, while another 1,500 were in the basement of units 5 and 6. The goal is to make space in those places to move there the water with even higher radioactivity that floods the turbine building of units 1, 2 and 3, and seriously hampers the work of the TEPCO operators to cool.
For days we are seeing a leak of contaminated water into the sea from Fukushima, for its high level of radioactivity, it is suspected from the reactor core 2.
TEPCO operators today poured liquid dye into a tunnel near the reactor to try to determine the route by which the radioactive water leaks into the sea.
Liquid, white, was placed in a tunnel leading to the pit where Saturday was found a crack about eight inches, which allows water to escape high radioactivity into the sea.
Filtration is trying to stop sealing the crack with concrete and injecting polymer powder to absorb water, but none of these resources was successful.
TEPCO deck several chances to stop the leaking to the sea, like trying to plug the crack with chemicals or installing a barrier on the shoreline to contain the radioactive water.
Fukushima plant lost power on 11 March by the earthquake of 9 degrees on the Richter scale and subsequent tsunami, which flooded the plant with waves of up to fourteen feet.
Since then TEPCO workers try to cool the six reactors at the plant, but their efforts have been hampered by continuing problems, such as excessive radioactivity in the water flooding some of the rooms, and now one of its priorities is to drain it.