Several tanks and pipes at the tsunami crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant are suspected of leaking toxic water. This is the second time within weeks that leakage is reported. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said over the weekend that only a small amount of the highly contaminated water escaped from a tank. But the disclosure comes just weeks after it admitted that about 300 tons of radioactive water leaked from another tank. The tanks where the high radiation levels were detected are of the same design as the one that leaked heavily last month.
A person in an industrialized country is naturally exposed to 3 millisieverts a year. Experts say that after a single acute exposure of 1,000 millisieverts, people tend to start feeling nauseated and vomiting. Exposure at 5,000 millisieverts over the course of a few hours can be fatal.
One approach flagged by experts to deal with the massive volume of toxic water at the plant is to dump some or all of it into the Pacific Ocean.