BBC: Water crisis at Fukushima has only just begun — “Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer” — It’s rapidly being overwhelmed deep beneath ground (VIDEO)

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 3:14 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima radioactive water leak an ‘emergency’
Source: BBC News
Date: August 6, 2013

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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC News, Tokyo: [...] Engineers are now facing a new emergency. The Fukushima plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer. Deep beneath the ground, the site is rapidly being overwhelmed by water. [...]

It’s now so high, the water will soon reach the surface. Then it will start flowing over-ground into the sea. [...]

Even if the government does step in, it’s not clear what it could do. The only other solution is to pump out the contaminated groundwater and put it in storage tanks. [...] Most of them are already filled up.

At least 400 tons of new water pours into the site every day. It’s going to continue for years and years.

Fukushima’s water crisis has only just begun.

Watch the broadcast here

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 3:14 pm ET
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