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TEPCO Officials Admit Fukushima Plant's Leaking Radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean

TEPCO Officials Admit Fukushima Plant's Leaking Radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean

By Dennis Loo (7/25/13)

As reported yesterday by eTN Global Travel Industry News ("Nuclear-contaminated Pacific Ocean may become a global threat"):

It has been officially confirmed. The crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan is leaking highly contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. This is continuing by the minute causing great concern not only for Japan, but for all nations bordering on the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Canada, Russia and most Pacific Island nations. Officials finally admitted this alarming news for the first time.

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TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said that radioactive water leaking from the wrecked reactors is likely to have run into the underground water system, before joining the ocean, and might therefore be the result of initial leaks to the underground system spotted in 2011.

Ono added that officials believe a leak is possible as underground water levels fluctuate in accordance with tide movements and rainfall.

Meanwhile, the operator said the number of plant workers with thyroid radiation exposures exceeding threshold levels for increased cancer risks was noticeably higher than earlier reports.

See also this earlier article that I wrote about this disaster and the larger context of it in June 2012.

And see also this powerful expose by Joe Giambrone "The Children of Fukushima."

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