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Radioactive Water From Fukushima Pumped to the Sea in Typhoon Wipha's Wake

Wrecked plant proving extremely vulnerable to weather fluctuations

- Common Dreams staff

Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force soldiers remove debris to search for survivors after a landslide buried houses caused by heavy rain of typhoon Wipha at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on October 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP /Getty Images)The destructive path of Typhoon Wipha has led to the release of unknown amounts of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear facility into the ocean.

Workers reported high levels of radioactive water in a ditch that leads directly to the Pacific Ocean, suggesting that high rain levels released contamination from the soil, according to Euronews.

Plant owner TEPCO is pumping large amounts of water that has gathered near the facility's radioactive water storage tanks into the ocean to prevent more flooding. Officials claim that "the contamination was far below safe drinking water levels," The New York Times reports.

The powerful typhoon hit areas in the east of Japan on Wednesday, sparking floods, landslides, and infrastructure collapse that have left 17 people dead and scores missing.

As daily disasters continue to sweep the wrecked facility, the plant is proving vulnerable to storms and heavy rains. In early October, a heavy rainstorm caused at least 4 tons of toxic water to leak from the plant, just one of many radioactive water spills.

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