Japan To Build ‘Giant Ice Wall’ To Stop Radioactive Leak
Since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the Fukushima nuclear power station Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has been leaking 300-400 tons of radioactive water out to the ocean everyday.
As an effort to clean up and contain the contamination, the Japanese government has announced a US$470-million plan.
The plan will feature a giant wall of ice that measures one-mile around the nuclear plant, and water treatment units to properly treat contaminated water.
To built the US$320-million ‘ice wall’, coolant as cold as -40 degrees Celsius would be pumped through thin underground pipes to freeze the soil around the buildings—blocking water from escaping to its surroundings, and keeping water from entering the area.
Currently, the project is still in its testing stages.
[via Gizmodo and Sky.com]