Fukushima leaks not properly monitored

Friday 23 August 2013 18.21
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Leaked radioactive water remains near the tank at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Leaked radioactive water remains near the tank at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since the Fukushima plant was damaged in 2011
Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since the Fukushima plant was damaged in 2011

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant failed to properly monitor storage tanks holding dangerously contaminated water that have sprung leaks.

Japan’s nuclear regulator said Tepco Electric Power Co also failed to keep records of inspections of the tanks.

Japan's nuclear crisis this week escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with Tokyo Electric saying a tank holding highly contaminated water leaked 300 tonnes of fluids.

It was the fifth and most serious breach of the same type of tank.

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday it viewed the situation at Fukushima "seriously" and was ready to help if called upon.

China said it was "shocked" to hear contaminated water was still leaking from the plant, and urged Japan to provide information "in a timely, thorough and accurate way".