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Japan initiates discharge of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water

Japan began releasing nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, regardless of raging opposition at residence and overseas.

Live video supplied by the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) confirmed {that a} employees member turned on a seawater pump at round 1:00 p.m. native time (0400 GMT), marking the start of the controversial ocean discharge as issues and opposition persist amongst native fishermen in addition to in neighboring international locations and Pacific island international locations.

The radioactive wastewater has been diluted as deliberate earlier than being discharged by way of an underwater tunnel one kilometer from the plant, in response to TEPCO, 

TEPCO plans to start out monitoring radioactive supplies in waters close to the ability station on Thursday and launch the info the next day on the earliest.

Hit by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and an ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima plant suffered core meltdowns that launched radiation, leading to a level-7 nuclear accident, the best on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale.

The plant has generated huge quantities of water tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down the nuclear gas within the reactor buildings, that are being saved in about 1,000 storage tanks.

The Japanese authorities’s reckless transfer to launch the radioactive wastewater has sparked waves of anger amongst native fishermen, particularly these in Fukushima.

(With enter from Xinhua)

Source: CGTN