21:24 12 September 2013
Toxic water may have leaked into Pacific Ocean: TEPCO
TOKYO, Sept. 12, Kyodo
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it has detected radioactive substances in a drainage ditch directly connected to the Pacific Ocean, suggesting toxic water may have reached the sea near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Radioactive substances of 220 becquerels per liter were found in samples taken Wednesday from the ditch, located around 150 meters from the sea. The radiation level of strontium, cesium and other substances emitting beta rays was about 12 times that of samples taken at the ditch on Tuesday, the plant operator said.
Workers have been engaged in decontamination work at an upstream ditch for several days and TEPCO suspects that toxic water seeped through sandbags placed to prevent the leakage of contaminated water.
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