Gov’t issues ‘inundation warning’ for Fukushima Daiichi as year’s strongest storm to hit within hours — Tepco bracing for overflows — Officials warn of landslides and torrential rains… ‘ground-loosening’ south of plant — Danger from tornadoes, storm surge, violent waves along coast

Published: October 13th, 2014 at 1:09 pm ET
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UPDATE: "Typhoon exited Japan over Fukushima" -- Half foot of rain recorded around nuclear plant -- Fukushima Worker: There's no choice but to pray more radioactive material does not spread into ocean... That's the reality of the situation we are facing (PHOTOS)

Reuters, Oct. 13, 2014: The strongest storm to hit Japan this year battered the southern islands… early on Monday, brought heavy rain to Tokyo… [Tepco] said in a statement it had also increased the water transfer and storage capacity to prevent an overflow of radioactive water being stored at the [Fukushima] plant…

Yahoo News, Oct. 13, 2014: [The] Fukushima nuclear power plant is bracing itself for the arrival of powerful typhoon Vongfong [which] could reach the plant Tuesday, authorities said… employees would be patrolling the plant facilities at all times in order to prevent overflows or an increase in the contaminated water that accumulates in the basements, the company said… [Vongfong] was expected to arrive in Tokyo early Tuesday from where it would head northeast to the Fukushima plant. Authorities have issued warnings of torrential rains and landslides…

Accuweather, Oct. 13, 2014: Vongfong brought another round of torrential rainfall and locally damaging winds… Vongfong still threatens dangerous and life-threatening conditions to Honshu through Tuesday. Nearly 300 mm (12 inches) of rain fell in only 12 hours in Sumoto… (TEPCO) took precautions to prevent problems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station… the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions areas in it’s path with the greatest impacts expected in Honshu… The combination of heavy rainfall from Vongfong with recent heavy rainfall from Phanfone will lead to a heighten risk for mudslides across Honshu…

The Japan Times, Oct. 13, 2014:  The [JMA] said that eastern and northern Japan should expect more than 80 mm of rain fall per hour along the Pacific coast, where tornados, storm surges and violent waves would all pose dangers.

TEPCO, Oct. 13, 2014: Preparation for Typhoon No. 19 at Fukushima Daiichi NPS — Installing rainwater guttering on tanks and shielding the dikes from heavy rain have been completed. Typhoon No. 19 (Vongfong) is expected to approach Kanto region and could affect Fukushima Daiichi NPS in next few days. To prepare for the typhoon, TEPCO has [prepared] to prevent overflow of the accumulated water… TEPCO will have workers to patrol the premises at all hours and confident that there will be no overflow.

From last week: Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima — Radiation levels surge after typhoon — Tepco “doesn’t know why” this is happening — Warning “crisis could get worse” 

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