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More than 1,100 water storage tanks at Fukushima plant … and counting

feb 2016

OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture–From the air, the rows of different colored water storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant resemble a giant integrated circuit board.
As the fifth anniversary approaches of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that unleashed the nuclear catastrophe, the stricken facility is fast running out of space to position the tanks holding highly contaminated radioactive water.
As of Feb. 12, there were 1,106 massive water tanks on the premises.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the plant, constructed the tanks to store radiation-contaminated water that has been accumulating at the plant since the disaster unfolded in March 2011.
The utility plans to construct 20 more water storage tanks to accommodate 30,000 tons of water that is expected to be generated in the remaining months of 2016.
As the tanks occupy much of the parking lots, green spaces and vacant areas, TEPCO has no choice but to build new tanks in the narrow alleys between the huge containers.
The accumulation of contaminated water has been a persistent problem at the plant, which is only in the very early stages of decommissioning, a process that will take 30 to 40 years.


February 13, 2016 - Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | ,


  1. Useful article!


    Comment by Storage Tank | June 20, 2016 | Reply

  2. Where can information on the size and type of Fukushima Daiichi tanks be found?

    Comment by Webb Vetter | April 3, 2017 | Reply

    • I’m sorry that all that I do is search for news items. I can only suggest that you do an advanced search with Google.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | April 4, 2017 | Reply

  3. I have not yet seen any article dedicated specifically to the storage tanks.

    Comment by dunrenard | April 4, 2017 | Reply

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