Japan Official: ‘State of emergency’ now at Fukushima nuclear plant — ‘High possibility’ barrier is breached

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 6:51 am ET
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Title: Fukushima radioactive water likely breached barrier -panel head
Source: Reuters
Author: Antoni Slodkowski
Date: Aug 5, 2013

Radioactive groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant [...] is likely seeping into the sea, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, and a workaround planned by [Tepco] will only forestall the growing problem temporarily, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, told Reuters.

“Right now we have a state of emergency,” Kinjo said, saying there is a “rather high possibility” that the radioactive wastewater has breached the barrier and is rising towards the ground’s surface, Kinjo said. [...]

Updated here: Reuters Exclusive: Barrier is breached at Fukushima says official -- 'Highly radioactive' water entering ocean -- Will flow 'extremely fast' if it reaches surface -- Tepco sorry for trouble

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 6:51 am ET
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