Leak At Fukushima Daiichi Reaches Port

A contaminated water leak into the drainage ditches up on the hill was found to have at least in part reached the port. The leak was first reported over the weekend when an alarm on the drainage ditches went off.

The series of drainage ditches up on the hill were concreted, valves were installed and the entire system was routed to the port after earlier leaks were found to be running out to sea. This work was done after a major leak of highly contaminated water was found coming from one of the sets of bolt together tanks.

The new leak was found downstream of the tank farms. Monitoring locations further up the drainage canal system did not detect higher levels of radiation. After the initial alarm, readings at the location that found the spike decreased. TEPCO used a portable pumping truck to pull most of the remaining contaminated water out of the ditch but not after at least some of it made it to the port.

TEPCO’s monitoring in the port didn’t show any substantial increases outside of normal fluctuations. They claim they will continue to investigate the issue and will do daily monitoring of the port locations for now.

TEPCO’s newest report here

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