The series of groundwater monitoring wells near the sea front have seen continued changes consisting of high levels of various radioactive isotopes. Beta radiation in well 1-6 jumped to 5.1 million bq/liter on the 17th. This well began to decrease by the next day. Wells 1-14 and 1-16 began to increase on the 18th. Well 1-14 saw an increase in cesium. Both wells saw an increase in beta radiation the second day. TEPCO claims they will continue to monitor these wells daily.
The ongoing behavior of these wells and any related increases in contamination inside the port or the sea near the plant could indicate an ongoing pathway for contaminated water to leak to the sea.
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