Turns out “The China Syndrome” is actually Japanese

Japanese authorities are racing to contain the worst leak of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant since its reactors were destroyed and melted down in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The country’s nuclear watchdog this week raised the alert level at the crippled facility to the highest level seen since the recovery from the disaster began. The move came after the company that operated the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (or TEPCO), said that about 79,000 gallons of highly radioactive water, used to cool the reactor cores, had leaked from hastily built storage tanks.

“This is what we have been fearing,” Shunichi Tanaka, chair of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, told The Wall Street Journal. “We cannot waste even a minute.”

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