Toxic Water in Fukushima – level 2

13-09-2019 15:00

In 2011, an earthquake and a tsunami struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Both events badly damaged three reactors, and toxic water started leaking from the reactors.

People are keeping the toxic water in 1,000 large tanks which hold more than 1 million tons of water. They have plans to build even more tanks, but there will be no more room for the tanks by 2022.

One Japanese minister said that one option is to let the toxic water go into the sea. Critics say that this will be very bad for fishing and farming. One German specialist says that the only option is to keep the water in tanks. Other experts say that the water must be let out into the ocean.

Nothing is official yet. We will have to wait and see what the Japanese government decides to do.

Difficult words: struck (past of “strike” – hit), damage (break), leak (go out).

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