The tropical cyclone season kicks off this month in the region – see prior post. The remnants of an early arrival, Typhoon Songda, impacted Japan Monday as a downgraded tropical storm. The damage sustained locally included, power outages, flooding and landslides.
TEPCO acknowledged that the Fukushima reactor site was not adequately covered to prevent rain and wind damage. At the site, the heavy rain from the storm created more build-up of radioactive water and there were concerns of run-off into the ocean.
Water that has come in contact with the partially melted cores will continue to pose a problem as the rainy season progresses. Nature news blog describes the reactor site as “leaking like a sieve.” And this story attempts to assess the magnitude of the problem.