Fukushima leak

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant has sounded the alarm over the crisis of containment at the coastal site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said on Friday that makeshift tanks holding more than 200,000 tonnes of radioactive water were vulnerable to leaks, there was no reliable way to check on them and there was nowhere to transfer the water.

The latest disclosures at Fukushima add to a list of recent mishaps, leaks and breakdowns since a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off meltdowns at three reactors more than two years ago.

TEPCO has built nearly 1000 tanks at the plant to store up to 335,000 tonnes of contaminated water, the product of coolant pumped into the reactors to keep their cores from overheating, and groundwater pouring into their breached basements at the rate of 400 tonnes a day.

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