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Fukushima watchdog chief: “It may not be possible to avoid dumping some contaminated water into the ocean”

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The crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant “has not ended”, the country’s nuclear watchdog has warned, saying the situation there is “unstable”.

Watchdog chief Shunichi Tanaka also accused the plan’s operator of careless management during the crisis.

He added that it may not be possible to avoid dumping some contaminated water into the ocean.

The comments come a day before the Japanese government is due to unveil plans to rescue the clean-up operation.

Mr Tanaka’s comments come after Fukushima’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), said radiation levels near one tank were 18 times higher than previously thought.

However, Mr Tanaka said that reports that this level of radiation could be lethal to workers after four hours of exposure were exaggerated.

“Supposing the figure of 1,800 millisieverts per hour is correct, it is beta radiation. It will not penetrate as long as there is a 5-10 millimetre-thick plastic shield or you wear leather shoes,” he said.

The damage to the plant from the 2011 tsunami has necessitated the constant pumping of water to cool the reactors. The process creates an extra 400 tonnes of contaminated water every day.

It was revealed last month that some of that water was leaking from storage tanks at the site.

On Monday, Tepco said a patrol of workers had found a new area of high radiation near the tanks, Reuters reports.

Mr Tanaka told reporters that the only long-term solution to the problem of contaminated water was to filter it and that it might “not be possible to avoid dumping it in to the sea”.

That will be extremely unpopular with local fishermen and possibly with Japan’s neighbours, the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.

The plant was crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the plant has since been hit by a series of water leaks and power failures.

The tsunami knocked out cooling systems to the reactors, three of which melted down.

The latest leak is believed to be the fourth major leak from storage tanks at Fukushima since 2011 and the worst so far in terms of volume.

Experts have said the scale of water leakage may be worse than officials have admitted.

(BBC News)

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Dive into Egypt in 2024 with Sea to Sky

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Is Egypt part of your travel plans for 2024 and beyond, with scuba diving, Liveaboard adventures, Freediving trips, or Diving courses in mind?

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Master Liveaboards announce new boat for Indonesia

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Master Liveaboards are excited to announce a new vessel in Indonesia. Indo Master is a traditional phinisi style liveaboard, built from teak and ironwood. Launched in 2022, she is
the very definition of a modern Indonesian phinisi.

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Indo Master offers 9 cabins for a maximum of 18 guests. Below decks there are 4
traditional Classic cabins, with a choice of twin or double layouts. There is also a larger
Premium cabin with two double beds for those who prefer to spread out on their trips.

Moving above, there are two Premium twin cabins with ocean views and Juliette balconies.
Finally, there are two glorious Superior double cabins that come complete with their own
private exterior balconies. It may go without saying, but it’s worth mentioning that all
cabins come with their own individual air conditioning and private ensuite bathrooms.

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Modern comfort from top to bottom

On the main deck there is a spacious bar, restaurant, and lounge area, commanding bright
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with comfortable seating for those between dive snoozes.

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Indo Master will offer a series of itineraries from 7 to 13 nights in Komodo, Raja Ampat,
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Liveaboards are now taking bookings and have a series of launch offers that you can see,
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