Fukushima radioactive water leak moving to California

August 28, 2013 | Environment
Fukushima: do we still really need nuclear energy?

Radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean, from the Fukushima nuclear plant, in located Japan.

Two and a half years after the earthquake followed by nuclear meltdown, Japan is still struggling to understand the effects of radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean waters.

When the dangerous liquids drained from the industrial facilities of Fukushima, everyone knew there were going to be problems in the regional coastline.

Thirty months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the leak was assessed as Level 3 (Serious Incident) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, which ranges from 0 to 7.

Bad news never come alone. Groundwater is also contaminated. Nuclear experts fear that the Fukushima nuclear leak can be worse than initially expected.

Tokyo Electric Power Company talks of 300 tons of radioactive water infecting ground in Japan's newest nuclear ghost town.

Now, the nuclear authorities are trying to halt the spread of radioactive waters in the Pacific Ocean by planning a well, new pipe structures and underground barriers in the Japanese energy plant.

Three years is what it takes for currents and tides carry contaminated waters from Fukushima to California, that is roughly 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers). And what about the Hawaiian Islands?

The impacts of the environmental tragedy are still unknown and governments are controlling key information, but the question remains: do we still really need nuclear energy?

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