The latest disaster at Fukushima

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has said another tank holding highly contaminated water is leaking, and that some of the liquid may have reached the Pacific Ocean, the second such breach in less than two months.

Not good.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, said the water that leaked contained 200,000 becquerels per litre of beta-emitting radioactive isotopes including strontium 90. The legal limit for strontium 90 is 30 becquerels per litre

Not nice stuff.

The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons)

Back to sleep everyone. And it would have been nice of the Telegraph to give us the volume of the material, wouldn’t it?

It’s the equivalent of dropping 5 million bananas into the Pacific Ocean.

One comment on “The latest disaster at Fukushima

  1. “It’s the equivalent of dropping 5 million bananas into the Pacific Ocean.”
    Well sort of.
    But if you dropped the bananas somewhere there was a fish fed exclusively on bananas. And another fish fed exclusively on those fish. And a tuna that ate those. Then after the repeated concentration of the potassium 40(?) you might get a tuna mayo sandwich you could read by.
    With strontium 90 it’d be a bit more sparkly.

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