20 February 2014
Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that a leak from an overflowing water storage tank at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was detected in the late evening of February 19. About 100 cubic metres of radioactive water leaked to the ground adjacent to the tank storage area before the leak was stopped about six hours later.
Based on the information provided, IAEA experts consider that the leak poses no danger to the public.
IAEA experts also consider actions taken by Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) following the leak to be appropriate. These include an NRA recommendation that TEPCO remove soil contaminated by the leaked water, which will reduce the risk that contaminated water will be spread further through rain and groundwater.
Japan has not asked the IAEA for any assistance in connection with the leak from the tank. The IAEA will continue monitoring developments.
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