Oct 24, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the utility operator that manages the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said on Thursday that the water they collected from the drainage ditch has double the radiation than from the previous week. This is a new record high for contaminated water in the plant, ever since the meltdown in 2011, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
TEPCO said that the readings they collected from the water sample in the drainage ditch on Wednesday sets it at 140,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting substances. It is 2.3 times more than the previous record of 59,000 becquerels seen last Tuesday in the same area and 11 times higher than the reading from the previous day. TEPCO theorizes that the heavy rains from the past few days may have carried the radioactive material to the areas surrounding the ditch.