Typhoon Wipha is headed towards Fukushima Daiichi. The storm is expected to be a category 1 typhoon as it reaches northern Honshu around Fukushima Daiichi. The storm’s earlier predictions had it further out to sea. Newer predictions show the storm headed almost directly towards the disaster site. A category 1 storm would have winds between 75 to 95 mph. Winds may not be the main issue as the massive amounts of rain these kinds of storms bring with could cause havoc at the plant.
With many areas already saturated with contaminated water this would cause more contaminated runoff at the plant. During previous storms TEPCO released highly contaminated rainwater that collected in the holding dams around the storage tanks. The sea front soil solidification is only partially done. This creates the potential for water runoff to funnel through areas not yet solidified. A highly contaminated area near the unit 2 intake remained unsolidified as of late last week.
We will continue to report on the storm’s progress throughout the week.
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