TV: Powerful typhoon bearing down on Japan — Prolonged heavy rainfall for Fukushima, and “the tanks are full” — “Potentially devastating interaction” with Typhoon Lekima, now a Category 5 (VIDEO)

Published: October 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 pm ET
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NHK News Flash, Oct. 23, 2013: The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is racing to secure storage space for tainted rainwater as another typhoon bears down on the Japanese archipelago

SOURCE: Japan Meteorological Agency

Xinhua, Oct. 23, 2013: [...] super typhoon named Francisco [is] following a similar trajectory to Wipha and likely to make landfall on Friday or Saturday. The JMA has issued official [...] advisories for all areas along the east coast [...] expert meteorologist Nobuaki Hiramatsu said Wednesday that Francisco [...] remained “very strong” and its slow moving pace means that heavy rainfall is expected for a prolonged period of time, which will hamper the Fukushima nuclear power plant’s efforts to contain rainwater [...] Hiramatsu said that Lekima [...] could effect Francisco’s trajectory [...] meteorologists expect the two typhoons to at least come into close proximity with each other if not merge in a potentially devastating interaction known as the “Fujiwara Effect.” The JMA said in a recent statement that Lekima underwent a rapid deepening into a category 5 typhoon [...] the “Fujiwara Effect” is, if it occurs, likely to cause severe flooding in many parts of Japan, with tropical-storm force winds likely to easily top 170 km/h. Many parts of Japan will experience a significant increase in surf, rip currents, heavy rain, and gusty winds by the end of the week, the JMA said in its advisory [...]

Typhoon Lekima, Oct.. 23 at 17:30 UTC

NHK World, Oct. 23, 2013: Fukushima plant struggles with typhoon threat […] another powerful typhoon approaches. [TEPCO] has begun moving the rainwater into underground pools once deemed too leaky. […] with Typhoon Francisco set to hit Japan’s mainland over the weekend, the tanks are full. Japan’s nuclear regulator has approved moving the tainted water to 3 underground pools. […] TEPCO stopped using the pools after similar models leaked in April. The utility now says it has no other option but to use them. The utility also says it found 140,000 becquerels per liter of Beta-ray emitting radioactivity in an onsite ditch on Wednesday. The radioactivity has doubled since the previous day.

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Published: October 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 pm ET
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