Saturday, August 19, 2017

Contaminated Water "Leaks" at Fukushima as Rain Deluges Plant

It has been raining very hard and continuously for the last couple of days at Fukushima Daiichi. I can imagine that there has been considerable migration of contamination resulting from the deluge. The Mainichi is reporting on a small, but quite radioactive, leak:
Highly radioactive water has leaked from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on Aug. 17. (August 18, 2017 ).
The estimated 50 milliliters of contaminated water remained inside the station dike, and there was no leakage to the outer environment, plant operator TEPCO said. An analysis found that the tainted water contained 22 million becquerels per liter of beta-ray-emitting radioactive materials. 

I am not familiar with the construction materials of the station dike where the contaminated water was allegedly contained but I find it hard to believe TEPCO can successfully contain all the migration of contaminated water that occurs in this type of deluge:
August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017

August 19, 2017