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No confirmation of radioactive water overflowing into sea: agency | Kyodo News

Radioactive water has not been confirmed to have overflowed into the Pacific from seaside underground trenches at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Tuesday.

The levels of water in the trenches, some 55 to 70 meters away from the shore, have been stable and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has taken measures to stop the water from flowing out, such as putting up sandbags and concrete blocks around the shaft, the nuclear regulatory body said.

Among the trenches connected to the Nos. 1-3 reactor buildings, water in the gutter linked to the No. 1 unit is just 10 centimeters below its ground-level hole.

TEPCO said water in the trenches is believed to have come both from the reactor's buildings and tsunami waves, which followed a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit northeastern and eastern Japan, including Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11.

(My Bold)

So this intensely radioactive water in the trenches is the result of both Tsunami and leaks, doesnt that make it worse if its that radioactive, and its already diluted? secondly, if the trench filled with the Tsunami, and then has had furter radioactive fluids leak into it, where has the top metre or two gone? surely trench 1 that is only 10cm below the surface has actually lost the least?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 05:37:41 AM EST

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