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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 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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