The Bahrain News Agency reported today:
Tokyo, May. 31 (BNA) — Water levels in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant increased dramatically on May 29 and 30, raising fears of radioactive water leaking from the site.
The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said the water level rose 19.8 centimeters over the 24 hours to 7 a.m. on May 30, 18 times the increase over the previous 24 hours.
The rising water level, apparently caused by rain flowing into the basement, is the latest headache for workers trying to contain the crisis at the plant. With the typhoon and rainy seasons already drenching Japan, TEPCO had already expressed concern that a deluge could result in leaks.
TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said before the latest data was announced: “The roofs of the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 reactor buildings have collapsed, so it is unavoidable that rain will get into those facilities.”