100-tonne radioactive water leak at Fukushima: Tepco
TOKYO (AFP) - A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima, the plant's operator said on Thursday after it revealed only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working.
The toxic water is no longer escaping from a storage tank on the site, said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), adding it was likely contained, but the news is a further blow to the company's already-battered reputation for safety.
"As there is no drainage way near the leak, which is in any case far from the ocean, it is unlikely that the water has made its way into the sea," he said.
The tank, one of hundreds at the site that are used to store water contaminated during the process of cooling broken reactors, sits around 700m from the shore.