Fukushima Leak To Be Upgraded To INES Level 3 Disaster

Japan’s NRA is considering upgrading the new leak at Fukushima Daiichi to an INES level 3 disaster. The scale from 1 to 8 is used to give a severity to nuclear disasters. The plant wide disaster at Fukushima Daiichi was given an INES level 7 back in 2011. The water that leaked from the tank contains “thousands of trillions of becquerels” of contamination, leading to the discussion to upgrade.

The now leaking tank is one of hundreds of tanks that sit on either side of a drainage canal that runs to the sea. These tanks are bolted together with gaskets rated for only 5 years of use.

UPDATE: NRA has asked their on site inspectors to do inspections of all of the bolt together tanks at Daiichi. TEPCO is sending one of their vice-presidents of their nuclear division to “Fukushima” to closer oversee the plant. It appears to be more symbolic punishment. TEPCO has admitted the tanks do not have water gauges, they are unable to confirm the level inside any given tank.

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