Workers Find a Source of Radioactive Water Leak

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BY TRACY PFEIFFER Anchor: Jennifer Meckles You're watching multisource world video news analysis from New...
BY TRACY PFEIFFER Anchor: Jennifer Meckles You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. TEPCO officials have confirmed the discovery of one source of the radioactive water that has been steadily leaking into the Pacific Ocean since Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunamis three weeks ago. VOICE OF TRANSLATOR: “The discovery was made this morning at around 9:30 at the foot of reactor number 2, in the reactor cable pit. There was a 20-centimeter crack in the concrete at the base of the pit. The water was leaking out of that crack into the sea.” (France 24) Reports indicate workers rushed to plug the leak by pouring concrete into the pit, but as NBC’s Lee Cowan explains, questions remain about the tactic’s effectiveness. “The problem is, is they don’t exactly know where the water was coming from in the first place, so the fear is that if they block it up, that hole may actually fill up with more radioactive water, spill out even further. They gotta still find the source of where all this radioactive water is coming from and at this point, that’s still a mystery.” Consequently, authorities say they cannot confirm they’ve stopped the leakage of radioactive water into the sea. And as Bloomberg reports, the situation is growing even more dangerous. “Contaminated seawater near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant was measured at more than 1,000 millisieverts an hour... Exposure to that level for an hour would trigger nausea and four hours might lead to death within two months, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” In an interview with CNN, one physicist says even though contaminating ocean water is an issue -- it has to be put on the back-burner to prevent further catastrophe. “I think the radioactive water leaking into the pacific is not the primary concern here. Because radioactive water that leaks into the Pacific will become diluted. I'm more concerned about the radioactive water that's leaking into the ground water supplies and I still say the biggest concern is what's going on inside the reactor cores. Keeping those cores cool is still the single-most important task facing the plant operators at the moment.” The latest reports indicate TEPCO workers have brought in a barge to store contaminated water, and are likely to bring in more sea vessels to help the effort. Follow Newsy on Twitter for more video news updates on the situation in Japan. Transcript by Newsy.
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