Japan Dramatically Upgrades Warning On Fukushima Nuclear Plant
By Jon Passantino
Japan substantially raised its warning over the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Wednesday after a new highly radioactive water leak was discovered 300 feet from the Pacific Ocean.
The country’s nuclear watchdog upgraded the international warning from a level 1 “anomaly” to a level 3 “serious incident” on the scale of radiological releases, a spokesman told Reuters.
The admission from Tokyo Electric Power Co. that the plant had leaked an additional 300 tons of toxic water is believed to be the worst such incident since the plant suffered a meltdown following a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
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