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6 Fukushima workers exposed to radiation after pipe incident

Published time: October 09, 2013 04:36
Edited time: October 09, 2013 06:10
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (red helmet), wearing protective suit and mask, looks at an impervious wall made of steel pipe sheet pile installed along the coast during his inspection tour to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, September 19, 2013.(Reuters / Pool)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (red helmet), wearing protective suit and mask, looks at an impervious wall made of steel pipe sheet pile installed along the coast during his inspection tour to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, September 19, 2013.(Reuters / Pool)

Six people working at the site of crippled Fukushima power plant have been exposed to radiation after one of them mistakenly removed a pipe connected to a contaminated water treatment system. It’s the second incident at Fukushima in three days.

The accidental pipe detachment on Wednesday resulted in the leak of several tons of water, which Fukushima operator TEPCO uses to cool the reactors. 

The water came from a system which removes salts from the cooling liquid after it comes out from the damaged reactors. The leakage continued for some 50 minutes. Reuters estimates that at least seven tons of water escaped the system.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority told the news agency that the incident was equivalent to "Level 0" on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events Scale (INES), but did not give an official rating.

TEPCO would not immediately report on the conditions of the six workers exposed to the water following the incident.

Earlier this week a worker accidentally switched off a water pump used to channel water into the reactor building.

Leakages of contaminated water have been plaguing Fukushima in the latest months as TEPCO fails to prevent radiation from being released into the environment.

The Japanese government, which has been criticized for turning a blind eye of the problems, has recently pledged to lean in and tackle the crisis. On Sunday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted that his country needs foreign knowledge and expertise to deal with Fukushima disaster.

The power plant was disrupted in March 2011 by a massive earthquake and tsunami, resulting in one of world’s worst-ever nuclear accidents. Three reactor cores at Fukushima have melted down and need to be cooled down constantly to avoid possible catastrophic escalation.

Comments (15)

 

mergon 22.02.2014 11:56

Working time for workers = 3/4 months then your out the money is good but your going to die a slow death ,ask some of the workers !

 

john 12.10.2013 10:50

i guess employing society's outcasts with the help of the yakuza to deal with the most complex nuke challenge the world has ever faced makes these cover stories more plausible.. but then there were radiation level spikes all the way to the sea... must have been a realy long hose that one...

 

siyousyanamae 09.10.2013 19:19

Radiation levels in the sea around Japan have been holding steady and NOT falling as expected
OCT 8, 2013 Georgia Straight (Canada)
Fish from the water near Tokyo Electric plant are NOT faring so well. High levels of cesium-134, a radioactive isotope that decays rapidly, were found in fish samples there. Radiation levels in the sea around Japan have been holding steady and NOT falling as expected, further demonstrating that radiation leakage is NOT under control. At least 42 fish species from the immediate area are considered unsafe for consumption, and fisheries there remain closed.

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