05 Dec '11, 5pm

Fukushima update: 79 gallons of radioactive water have reached the ocean.

So, there's a new leak of radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant . The Telegraph reports that sand bags have been placed around a water treatment system condensation unit to contain 45 tonnes of water which have pooled around it. Apparently some 79 gallons of water containing cesium, iodine and potentially strontium escaped into a nearby gutter which leads into the the ocean. It's going to take a couple of weeks to make a determination on how much, if any, strontium was actually released. TEPCO, the power plant operator, says the new leak will not delay plans to bring the power plant to a cold shutdown by the end of the year. More than anything, the thing that strikes me here is that nine months after the tsunami-earthquake-nuclear disaster in Japan reports of radioactive water being released (albeit small amounts this time) are still coming in. I just can'...

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