The nuclear facility at Fukushima is having a bad week with all the simple human errors that are running amuck, but now it seems radiation levels recorded Thursday in the seawater in the facility’s proximity were 13 times higher than the ones on Tuesday.
This spike in radiation levels reportedly occurred due to the fact that workers are now busy pumping various chemicals into the ground surrounding the plant in an attempt to harden it and keep contaminated water from reaching the Pacific Ocean, said officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco).
Thus, it looks like the pressure generated by the injection of these chemicals into the ground pushed some contaminated soil toward the port area.
This news is the latest in a series of other problems caused by human error that have added to public criticism of Tepco’s handling of the crisis at Dai-ichi, which is still in precarious condition since its triple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The radiation levels recorded on Wednesday were the highest reported in Fukushima’s proximity in two years, according to a Reuters report.
Thus, combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings close to the plant’s No.2 reactor amounted to 1,200 becquerels per liter.
The high radiation levels recorded in the plant’s proximity comes shortly after Tepco said Wednesday another 10 tons of contaminated water spilled after a worker accidentally disconnected a pipeline.