On Saturday the Tokyo Electric Power Company, also known as TEPCO, said the typhoon may strike the decommissioned nuclear plant seriously damaged during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
TEPCO said a tsunami generated by the typhoon could reach a height of 26.3 meters, or over 86 feet.
The 2011 tsunami generated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that crippled the plant was much smaller – only 15.5 meters, around 50 feet in height.
TEPCO admits a tsunami of that size only occurs once every 10,000 to 100,000 years.
“The deluge would likely cause seawater to mingle with the radiation-tainted water accumulating in the basements of the reactor buildings at the six-unit plant, allowing 100 trillion becquerels of cesium to escape, according to an estimate that Tepco revealed Friday at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority,” theJapan Times reports.
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