Radioactive level up 17 times in groundwater at Fukushima

Radioactive underwater concentrations in No. 2 reactor at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have increased 17 times in one week, Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, reported quoting the Japanese nuclear safety agency as saying on Friday. Experts believe the reason is an ongoing leak of contaminated water from the turbine room of the crippled reactor. A total of around 60,000 tonnes of contaminated water is believed to be flooding the basements of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactor turbine buildings as well as trenches connected to them, and the water is hampering work to restore the cooling functions of the reactors lost since the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

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