When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Enjoy unlimited access to quality journalism.

Limited time offer

Get your 30-day free trial!

BBC, REUTERS, AL JAZEERA

Worldcrunch

TOKYO - The Japanese nuclear agency upgraded the severity level of a toxic leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant from 1 to 3 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (0 to 7). The raising of the toxic level Wednesday marks the first time Japan has issued such a warning since three reactor meltdowns after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Highly radioactive water was found to be leaking from a storage tank into the ground at the plant on Monday, according to the BBC. On Tuesday, officials confirmed that about 300,000 litres of contaminated water had leaked from a tank designed to hold overflows from the site.

According to Reuters, the leaked water is so contaminated that a person standing close to it for an hour would receive five times the annual recommended limit for nuclear workers in a year.

The plant operator TEPCO said the leak does not pose an immediate threat to the sea because the tank is about 100 meters from the coastline, according to Al Jazeera. But a watchdog spokesman said the water could reach the sea via a drain gutter.

Plant workers have surrounded the leaking tank with sandbags and have attempted to suck up the radioactive water. But a BBC reporter in Tokyo said it is clear that most of the toxic water has already disappeared into the ground.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Society

Let's Not Forget The Original Sin Of The Qatar World Cup: Greed

Soccer is a useful political tool for dictatorships. But Qatar is able to milk the World Cup as much as possible because the sport if infected by unbridled capitalistic greed.

Photo of a street in Doha, Qatar, with a building displaying a giant ad for the 2022 World Cup

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest