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300 Tons Of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011.
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is reporting that some 300 tons of radioactive water has leaked from one of its storage tanks.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on August 20 that it is not clear how the water leaked, but it is likely that it flowed into the soil.

The company does not believe any flowed into the nearby ocean, but earlier leaks have.

TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said a puddle has formed near the leaking tank and radiation levels from the puddle are five times the accepted annual exposure limit for workers at the plant.

Workers are pumping the water from the puddle and the leaking tank into another storage container.

Reactors at the Fukushima plant suffered meltdowns after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpa