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Tepco has fixed the problem and is cleaning the water, but is still investigating what caused the leak

The earthquake that rocked Japan this past March was an event that would have lasting effects, and Japan's nuclear watchdog is still working to clean up the mess almost four months later. Just this morning, tons of radioactive water was found absorbing into the ground from Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power plant. 

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan causing tsunamis and problems for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Such problems include contaminated food, a nuclear meltdown, and radioactive water

Now, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has reported that 15 metric tons of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima Daiichi on the Pacific Coast. The level of radiation in the water is low. 

Large amounts of water have accumulated in the storage tanks because it was used to cool the damaged reactors after the cooling systems were destroyed. The leak was discovered Monday, and the system was shut down an hour and a half after it started. 

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) has fixed the problem and restarted the system, but is still investigating the cause of the leak. Tepco is also using a decontamination system to clean the water so it can be recycled and continue cooling the reactors.

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By Manch on 6/28/2011 1:31:10 PM , Rating: 5
They're not having any luck with those plants. Hopefully in the end they'll get it sorted and get those plants shutdown and the overall contamination kept minimal at best. They have pics on CNN of a lot of the areas that were destroyed and already there's a huge difference between the aftermath and how it looks now. When you look at the aftermath of Katrina vs 4 months later it's impressive how much they've cleaned up. I really do hope thing get better for them.

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By DanNeely on 6/28/2011 2:13:01 PM , Rating: 5
It's amazing what the difference is between people who immediately get up and start fixing their own problems and those who wait for the govt to do everything for them. If you compared against any of the other major hurricanes to trash large areas of the US, or even the damage caused by Katrina out side of New Orleans you'd see the same thing that the news networks are showing in northern Japan.

Neither top down nor bottom up solutions are complete solutions to disaster recovery; both are needed for the result to be anything but a pathetic farce. Many hands make quick work, and external monetary infusions are needed to sustain the effort.

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By Natch on 6/28/2011 2:18:20 PM , Rating: 5
A perfect examply, currently, is the flooding going on in North Dakota.

These people did not wait for the government to move them or their household goods out of the path of the flood. They packed up their belongings, and moved them all by themselves.

They didn't wait for government assistance to find a place to live, they found their own, or others who weren't affected by the flood opened their doors (and their hearts), and helped their neighbors out when they needed help.

And there's not one person, I'd bet, standing around, holding out their hand for a $2500 debit card.....though I understand that there's plenty of folks out there that are busy filling sandbags, and helping out whichever way they can.

Tells the world of difference between some folks in this country, and other folks, doesn't it?

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By BSMonitor on 6/28/11, Rating: -1
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By ClownPuncher on 6/28/11, Rating: 0
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By omnicronx on 6/28/2011 3:24:23 PM , Rating: 2
I would tend to agree, especially when you consider the Army Corps purposefully allowed the dike to breach to alleviate pressure upstream. As you stated it was a slow controlled process in which everyone knew what was going on. Clearly not Apples to Apples.

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By seamonkey79 on 6/28/2011 4:03:27 PM , Rating: 5
No doubt, especially considering they waited until 10 minutes before Katrina hit to warn people there might be a hurricane on the way.

Wait a minute, no, as I recall, people had a fair bit of a week and more to prepare for it, still managed not to, and then complained that they weren't helped enough after the fact.

The fact is that the people who want their stuff cleaned up after disaster hits them, tend to go out and clean their stuff up to the best of their abilities, and then worry about what needs to happen afterwards, after... that's not what happened in New Orleans, but is what happened in Biloxi and the other areas that were hit. A portion of the levees still haven't been brought back up, because the people in charge if distribution of funds for the construction and maintenance of said levees, are busy flying to Washington lobbying to get more money.

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By omnicronx on 6/28/11, Rating: -1
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By Manch on 6/28/2011 6:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point he's trying to make is that they new the hurricane was coming and despite the fact that is was going to destroy their homes, many made no effort to leave or secure their belongings. Then they screamed about how nothing was done for them. While no you cant prepare for a hurricane they way you can prepare for a slow flood, that fact is many in La did absolutely nothing.

I lived in the P.I. for 5 yrs. Everytime there was a Huge Typhoon coming in, we did our best to put everything we could as high up as possible, loaded the landcruiser up with supplies and what ever we deemed as our most valuable items and headed to the shelters. yeah it a was a PITA but it's better than crying about losing everything because you did nothing.

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By StevoLincolnite on 6/29/2011 1:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
I think the point he's trying to make is that they new the hurricane was coming and despite the fact that is was going to destroy their homes, many made no effort to leave or secure their belongings.

Just look at Australia with Cyclone Yasi, It's claimed Yasi was just as powerful as Katrina.
The Government warned everyone, sending out text messages, phone calls, TV bulletins, Radio Announcements, Facebook and Twitter updates and door knockers to warn people.

Result is most people evacuated, despite their houses being made to withstand cyclonic winds.

However just before the Cyclone hit there was massive flooding, covering three quarters of the state (Comparable to the size of Texas and California combined by land area.)
Unfortunately not much warning occurred during that incident... And lives were lost.
It doesn't help that initially it wasn't a "slow" flood and more like an in-land Tsunami.
Later as it started to progress south it became a slow flood as seen in the capital city of Brisbane.

Warning everyone by every accessible medium is the best way to go about it.
I know some people who don't even own a Television out in the bush, but they do own mobile phones to receive such a warning.

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By Solandri on 6/28/2011 5:20:06 PM , Rating: 1
Wait a minute, no, as I recall, people had a fair bit of a week and more to prepare for it, still managed not to, and then complained that they weren't helped enough after the fact.

No, Katrina was rather unexpected - we did not have a week's warning. At first, they weren't even sure it was going to hit Florida. They expected it to curl south into Cuba before dissipating. By the time it became clear it was going to hit Florida, NWS/NOAA started worrying about what would happen after. There was an unusually large concentration of warm water in the northern Gulf at the time, so they couldn't really predict how large/intense it would get nor where it would go. If it veered south, it would probably stay weak. If it veered northwest, it would grow incredibly strong. If it veered too far north, it would hit land again before growing too strong. By the time it hit Florida, most of the estimates I saw was were for a category 2-3 storm by the time it made landfall again in the Florida panhandle

While crossing Florida, it dropped from category 1 to tropical storm status. It headed west, then north - just about the worst case possible - and went from tropical storm to category 5 in 48 hours. Strike probabilities ranged all the way from Texas to the Florida panhandle - an area far too large to evacuate everyone. It was only in the last 24 hours or so when it became clear it was going to hit around New Orleans. Prior to then, most projections had it hitting the Florida panhandle.

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By ekv on 6/29/2011 10:14:38 PM , Rating: 3
No, Katrina was rather unexpected
I clearly remember 5 days before Katrina made landfall, seeing warnings on a number of TV channels. To the point of "enough already! I'm a 1500 miles away."

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By Manch on 6/28/2011 6:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think he's trying to compare damage, I think he's comparing how people reacted prior to the impending disasters(hurricane La/flood ND) and after(hurricane La/Quake~Tsunami JP).

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By gevorg on 6/28/11, Rating: 0
Way to make
By FITCamaro on 6/28/2011 4:24:22 PM , Rating: 4
Something out of nothing Tiffany. Christ you're like listening to the polar opposite of Glenn Beck.

This is equivalent to a small fraction of the amount of water in an Olympic sized swimming pool.

DT can you fire this hack please?

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By omnicronx on 6/28/2011 4:56:21 PM , Rating: 3
I was about to say.

Depending on the water temperature, 1 metric tonne has around the same mass as 1 cubic meter of water or around 1000 litres.

So we are talking about around 15 thousand litres or around 4 thousand gallons.

As you stated, its a fraction of an Olympic sized pool, which usually at a minimum measure in at 500 million gallons (as far as I know this of course is not a hard number as there is no hard depth requirement for Olympic sized pools, merely length and width).

So we are talking less than a percent of a small Olympic sized pool.. (or assuming 500 gallons, 125 times smaller)

Thats a very small amount of water, especially if most of it is going out to sea where it will be diluted into pretty much nothing pretty quickly.

RE: Way to make
By Denigrate on 6/28/2011 5:01:25 PM , Rating: 3
Sure, but 15 metric tons sounds better than 4,000 gallons. Hard to make a point when the subject matter doesn't lend itself well to sensationalism.

Thanks for making the exact point I thought of when I read the title of the article.

RE: Way to make
By Schrag4 on 6/28/2011 5:30:26 PM , Rating: 3
Yup. 4000 gallons is about how much water is in the inflatable-ring pool in my backyard. Not a lot by any stretch.

RE: Way to make
By dotpoz on 6/29/2011 7:26:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think that if we don't know how much and with which isotope the water is contaminated there is no news to comment.

By BSMonitor on 6/28/2011 2:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, Superman needs to get his act together. Can we dig this out of the ground and chuck it into the sun anytime now?

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By Manch on 6/28/2011 6:38:56 PM , Rating: 3
NO! The enviro hippies will complain about hows it's bad enough we're polluting the Earth and now we want to pollute the sun!?!

Another sensationalized story
By icanhascpu on 6/28/2011 4:29:39 PM , Rating: 1
from Tiffany Kaiser.

Really, what the hell is up with your title? Why not make a report on how 'our nearest star is constantly bombarding us with solar radioationz!!11' ---(later in article)---> 'radiation levels are low'. ( no ACTUAL useful information given )

Regurgitation other sites news stories with your negative spin does not make you a journalist. It makes you a propagandist . Maybe you should seek for work at FOX News.

Nuclear power is the future. Deal with it, Tiffy.

RE: Another sensationalized story
By kids first on 6/28/11, Rating: -1
RE: Another sensationalized story
By ClownPuncher on 6/28/2011 7:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
That was some high level trolling. Nice work!

By FaceMaster on 6/30/2011 1:21:33 PM , Rating: 2
I was half expecting him to suggest nuking the plant or something :P

icanhascpu has a good point. How radioactive was the water? Isn't all water radioactive to a certain extent anyway?

By michael67 on 6/28/2011 3:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
15 metric tons

Yeah that sounds a lot more then 15m3 or 530cf3 or 4000 gallons.

I don't wane drink it but 15 cubic meters of low level water is noting, compared to all the other radiation leakage.

bummer for them
By Hvacow1 on 6/30/2011 4:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Enjoy the Whale steaks! That will teach them!

By Senju on 7/4/2011 4:06:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, I just took my 2 Golden Retrivers dogs to Otake Kaigan (beach) which is south of the plant. I played in the ocean with my 2 dogs for several hours. Had a great time!!
The water seems safe. Lots of surfers out. The dogs are fine and I am too. If our hair and fur starts to fall out, I will let you know!

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