Fukushima No. 1 at risk of 26-meter tsunami: Tepco

JIJI

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has warned its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could be hit by tsunami as high as 26.3 meters.

The deluge would likely cause seawater to mingle with the radiation-tainted water accumulating in the basements of the reactor buildings at the six-unit plant, allowing 100 trillion becquerels of cesium to escape, according to an estimate that Tepco revealed Friday at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

Tepco said a tsunami of that size occurs once every 10,000 to 100,000 years.

The Fukushima No. 1 plant, more than 40 years old, was crippled by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami after waves as high as 15.5 meters inundated the facility, knocking out all power and disabling the vital backup cooling systems for reactors 1 to 4, triggering three core meltdowns.

Tepco also said the nearby Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, which is nearly as old as Fukushima No. 1, could be hit by tsunami of up to 27.5 meters, but that its idled reactors and fuel pools would not be damaged by such an event.

  • Starviking

    This is news? The tsunami hits every 10 to 100 thousand years? Given the release in seismic stress from the March 2011 tsunami we probably have a minimum of 1100 years, and a maximum of 100,000 years until the big one.

  • Shara Bingham Mills

    That sounds reassuring. Are you willing to bet the life of the one you love most on it?

  • anoninjapan

    “…Tokyo Electric Power Co. has warned its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could be hit by tsunami as high as 26.3 meters….”

    Er nope. It was (that means it is not theory but fact because it has already occurred), was hit by a 10-15m wave. Didn’t do too well with that..did it?!

    “..The deluge would likely cause seawater to mingle with the radiation-tainted water accumulating in the basements of the reactor buildings at the six-unit plant,…”

    Er nope.
    Again, already occurred mate. TEPCO’s negligence in making something as simple as a water tank is leaking radioactive water already. Can’t even make a simple water tank watertight!!

    Try report actual news, that is actually occuing…

  • Dwayne Hoover

    LOL, dumb American right-wing news outlets (e.g. Infowars) are reporting this story as Fukushima is going to be hit by a 26 meter “tsunami caused by Typhoon Phanfone” on Sunday.