Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 5, 2013: [...] TEPCO said Sept. 4 it confirmed groundwater is flowing into the first basement of the No. 1 reactor turbine building from the junction of the building and outside piping. To locate underground water influx, TEPCO drilled a hole on the first floor of the No. 1 turbine building [...] an estimated 70,000 tons of radioactive water has already accumulated in the basements of the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactor and turbine buildings [...] It has been said that groundwater is coming from junctions of the buildings and outside piping, as well as other areas. [...]
Enformable, Sept. 5, 2013: [...] For the first time, Tokyo Electric released video footage of groundwater flowing into the Unit 1 turbine building. Currently, it is estimated that groundwater flows into the reactor buildings at a rate of over 400 tons per day. Everyday contaminated groundwater also continues to flows directly into the Pacific Ocean, and no one knows when those leaks will be under control.
Japan Times, Sept. 5, 2013: [...] more surveys [are needed] to determine exactly where it is entering. Cracks in the basement are considered a possibility. [...] The groundwater is believed to be the primary source of the radioactive material entering the sea and potentially poses great danger to the environment. [...] The water used to cool the fuel eventually flows into the turbine building, where it is believed to mingle with water intruding from outside. The turbine building is also connected to an underground trench that runs toward the coast. Highly radioactive water from the trench is believed to be mixing with separate groundwater flows before entering the sea. [...]
Euronews, Sept. 5, 2013: [...] Water has also been leaking into the buildings’ understructure after being in contact with the partly melted down reactors [...] Two years after the accident the public has an impression that the disaster is still out of control and that there have been attempts to hide this from them.
La Prensa, Sept. 5, 2013: [...] TEPCO now will evaluate how much groundwater is flowing into the building through that opening. [...] Some 300 tons of contaminated water, meanwhile, is estimated to make its way every day from the basements into the Pacific Ocean. [...]
Published: September 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm ET