Cesium levels rose again today in the 1-2 groundwater well near the sea.
Groundwater observation hole No.1-2 were detected at:
11,000Bq/L and 22,000Bq/L, respectively. (Cesium-134 and cesium-137)
they were at 9,000Bq/L and 18,000Bq/L previously.
There were some other minor increases at the north intake and at the surface between intakes 1 and 2.
The NRA is now saying it is “strongly suspected that highly radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seeping into the ground and contaminating the Pacific Ocean.” It has long been assumed the plant continued to leak into the sea even though TEPCO has attempted to deny it over the last two years as unabated water dumping ceased. NRA officials stated that the source of the leak needs to be identified and stopped as a priority.
TEPCO is now trying to blame the leak on the “pit”, a concrete canal that cracked and had highly radioactive water leaking into it in 2011. A groundwater expert cited by NHK thinks otherwise. He considers it more likely that there is a new leak from the unit 2 reactor building and urged more to be done to isolate the building. He also raised concerns that groundwater could be leaking into the sea via groundwater springs.
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