British Columbia should keep an eye on the Fukushima disaster

Sarah Berman, journalist


This week, Japanese authorities released terrifying new information about radiation leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima. On Sunday, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said radiation levels near a water storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were 18 times higher than previously reported—enough to kill a person in a few hours. Then on Wednesday, radiation levels jumped another 20 percent in the same spot. And most recently, South Korea banned all fish imports from the Fukushima region.

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant that was damaged during a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, also admitted about 300 tonnes of contaminated groundwater is currently flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day. Japan’s nuclear watchdog increased the severity of the ongoing leak from level one (an “anomaly”) to level three (a “serious…

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