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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 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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