Fukushima leaks radioactive water after Typhoon Etau busts drainage system


Flooding from Typhoon Etau has caused new leaks of contaminated water to flow from the Fukushima nuclear power station into the ocean. The incident came after a rush of water overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps.

Typhoon Etau brought lashing rains, floods and storm winds to Japan. Tens of thousands of Japanese people have been ordered to leave their homes across the country.  

Tokyo Electric Power CO. (TEPCO) informed the public today that hundreds of tons of radioactive water had leaked from the facility, but maintained that the incident posed no risk to the environment. Large quantities of contaminated water need to be stored in special reservoirs that were used to cool melted fuel rods from reactors at the TEPCO site, which was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

TEPCO had acknowledged the risk of the typhoon to the nuclear site on Tuesday, outlining the preventative measures it was taking.

“For heavy rains, TEPCO has standard procedures to install rainwater guttering on the upper part of the water storage tanks and also to construct dikes around groups of tanks, which is applied to all of the recently added storage tanks,” said the statement adding that “the drainage systems on the premises are most active during heavy rains to keep the site from flooding.”

Despite Tuesday’s statements asserting that the drainage system would protect the nuclear plant station and the operator company was ready to face the typhoon, today’s announcement would imply that TEPCO’s efforts weren’t enough.

To deal with the new leaks, TEPCO said on Thursday that it was sealing off the seaside of the nuclear plant with an“impermeable wall” which would “play a crucial role” in preventing contaminated groundwater from reaching the ocean.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency warns that many parts of the country, including the Fukushima prefecture, are still at great risk of heavy rains and further flooding, the International Business Times reports.


4 thoughts on “Fukushima leaks radioactive water after Typhoon Etau busts drainage system

  1. I love how they refer to hundreds of tons of water as a “leak.”

    It makes you think of a dripping faucet, when we’re talking about a radioactive flood that will eventually kill off whatever life still remains in the Pacific.

    Don’t forget that this horror was brought to you by the Israeli-created Stuxnet computer virus.

    (I have to specify “computer virus” because of all the pathogens presently being unleashed on the human population. It wasn’t too long ago when computer viruses were our only viral concern.)

    1. Actually, the cores at Fukushima were not in meltdown prior to the earthquake, but were in meltdown before the tsunami hit. So, it couldn’t have been Stuxnet. It was the earthquake which caused the containment vessels to fail. Question is: Was the earthquake natural or man-made ???

      1. No reactors have less than 3 or 4 emergency back-up systems in place.

        Stuxnet is what caused ALL of them to fail simultaneously.

  2. But yet, scientists from Reuters (which they give no names or references of these scientists and we are just supposed to believe them) and the rest of MSM still don’t know why there is a massive die off in the Pacific or why the ecological system on the West Coast is so messed up.

    I mean in their own words, “Scientists are baffled”.

    These so-called “scientists” are not too bright, are they? I mean it’s not rocket science by any stretch of the words.

    Do they really believe we are that stupid?

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