Reports: Fears for Fukushima plant as typhoon now only a few hours away — Officials warn of floods at site — Storm gusting over 150 km/hr — Workers frantically pumping up water — Torrential rain to force more contamination into groundwater (MAP)
September 15th, 2013
AFP, Sept. 16, 2013: Typhoon hits Japan – fears for Fukushima plant [...] The typhoon was then expected to head northeast towards the capital and its surrounding region by around noon and cross the northeast including the Fukushima area, according to its predicted track. At Fukushima, crews have struggled to contain the nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the contamination of groundwater with radioactive materials as it flows to the Pacific Ocean. [...]
AFP, Sept. 15, 2013: With torrential rains from typhoon expected Monday, more contaminated water is feared to seep into the groundwater of Fukushima nuclear plant [...]
Inquisitr, Sept. 15, 2013: Officials warned of floods and strong winds that could go on to hit the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. [...] The storm was carrying winds up to 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour overnight Sunday [...] With even more torrential rain expected on Monday, the fear is that contaminated water will seep into the groundwater. Workers frantically pumped water from around highly radioactive tanks at the plant to lower the risk. [...] Officials hope that the latest Japan typhoon will not further complicate the work at the Fukashima plan.
Japan Meteorological Agency, Sept. 15, 2013 at 4:00p ET: Maximum wind gust speed @ 85 knots (157 km/hr or 98 mph)