Posted by: Chuck | September 19, 2013

Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan


Typhoon hits Fukushima as TEPCO releases radioactive water into sea 16 Sept. 2013 Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan Monday, leaving two people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean. The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The typhoon also hit the northeast, including the Fukushima area, bringing heavy rain to areas near the broken plant run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO). Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater. According to the spokesman, one liter of the water contained up to 24 Becquerel’s of strontium and other radioactive materials — below the 30 Becquerel per liter safety limit imposed by Japanese authorities for a possible release to the environment. However, it was unknown how much (radioactive) water was released to sea under the “emergency measure,” Koshimizu said.

 

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