In late August, evidence revealed that the effects of the 2011 tsunami are still being felt in Japan. Gallons of radioactive contaminants are now seeping into the ocean.
Japan now finds itself in a state of panic as the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant suffers from what is now being called a level three “serious incident.”
The plant has been facing difficulty ever since it was damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. Recently, however, radioactive contaminated water has been leaking from the plant’s steel storage tanks, making its way into the Pacific Ocean.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) built the tanks, which were designed to temporarily store water that was used to cool down radioactive fuel after three nuclear reactors went into meltdown during the 2011 catastrophe. Meltdown occurs when the core of a nuclear reactor becomes so overheated that radiation is released.