Radioactive water leaks at Fukushima as operator underestimates rainfall
At the Fukushima nuclear power plant more radioactive water leaks after a heavy rain on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the plant operator TEPCO said they underestimated the amount of rainfall and failed to act quickly to contain it.
The company had planned to pump out the accumulating rainwater and release it into the sea after making sure it was not contaminated, but the pumps could not keep up with the rainwater, causing it to overflow.
The containment areas surround hundreds of tanks filled with tons of radioactive water.
One of the tanks contained strontium-90 in a concentration that is 71 times higher than the safe level for release.