Steam that may be radioactive has been found coming out of Fukushima nuclear plant and the Turner Radio Network has sent out a news flash on Wednesday warning people on the west coast of North America to prepare for a possible "onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear sister site in Japan."
The company that is doing the cleanup at the plant does not know why there is steam and cannot investigate it as there are high levels of radiation in the building.
The Fukushima nuclear plant's reactors had a nuclear meltdown in March 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the area. According to the Russian Times website RT, reactor 4 had been de-fueled and reactors 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for maintenance at the time of the earthquake avoiding the meltdowns. But hydrogen explosions blew the roof off the building for reactor 4 and damaged the structure.
Last July there was small amounts of steam that escaped from reactor 3, Asahi Shimbun reported, but the radiation levels did not change and they concluded it could have been caused by rain. On July 23, the steam was seen again coming from the fifth floor above the reactor containment. In October, the Tokyo Elecric Power Company (TEPCO) found 300 tons of radioactive water had leaked from a tank at the plant because of the heavy rain during a typhoon which flooded one of the tanks and was absorbed into the ground, reports Reuters.
In December, TEPCO found radiation in deeper groundwater and they are concerned that there may be another source of radioactive leakage into the ocean.
Decommissioning of the plant continues and reactor 4 is the most unstable part of the plant as it was offline and the core didn't go into meltdown. So far there has been 22 assemblies containing approximately 60 fuel rods that have been successfully removed and taken to a new storage place, but removing the core has yet been done.
At least 71 San Diego based sailors have reported radiation sickness and plan to file a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power company (TEPCO), reports Fox 5 San Diego. They stated that TEPCO downplayed the danger and the water contaminated the ship's supply, which resulted in their sickness.