Fukushima nuclear disaster now global environmental problem

The Japanese government has asked for help -- but is the plea two years too late?

Despite previous assurances, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster continues to contaminate the world's oceans -- and the Japanese government is finally asking for international help.

The March 2011 power plant meltdown was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and after frequent attempts to stem contamination -- including the use of ice rings and the construction of a second processing plant to filter radioactive particles from contaminated water -- the Japanese government has finally asked for global aid to stem radioactive leaks entering the Pacific Ocean, which is endangering the world's food supply and ecosystems.

At a conference on Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said:

"We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem. My country needs your knowledge and expertise."

Despite Abe's comments to the International Olympic Committee last month that the leaks were "under control," untold thousands of tons of radioactive liquid have entered the world's oceans, with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) reporting a new leak this week caused by human error, and a spill of 80,000 gallons in August.

Via: IBM Times

Image credit: Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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