Japan plans to issue high alert after leak in Fukushima plant

Japan plans to issue high alert after leak in Fukushima plant

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After the constant reports of radioactive water leak from the crippled Fukushima plant, the nuclear agency in Japan is planning to increase the alert level. Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan will be raising the alert level from one to three on an international scale.

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Recent reports mentioned that puddles with high radiation levels were found near water storage tanks of the crippled Fukushima plant. These reports were mentioned by the atomic regulator of Japan on August 19, 2013. Puddles around the plant have a radiation level measuring about 50 centimeters above the toxic water and was about 100 millisieverts per hour.

Tepco predicted that more than 120 liters of water might have leaked out of water storage tanks, but the utility denied reports that the water from storage tanks might have flown into the adjacent Pacific Ocean. The Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to research the possibility that it escaped into the sea through nearby drains.

So far, Tepco faced several controversies related to leaks from the plants, which emit radioactive substances. The nuclear plant was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, which eventually crippled the plant.

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