A ban on fishing along the coast of Fukushima prefecture was greeted with frustration and anger by locals on Friday (August 22), in the aftermath of the latest contaminated water leak from the crippled nuclear reactor.
In the port of Onahama, just 61 kilometers (37 miles) south of Fukushima Daiichi, fishermen who were forced to stop fishing were furious at the operator of the nuclear plant.
The Onahama fishing union is one of many along the coast that voluntarily suspended all operations since Tepco announced this week contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation was leaking from a storage tank, and possibly in to the sea.
It's been a year since fishing unions in the area had resumed limited trial fishing after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. That had allowed them to operate in limited fishing grounds and catch only produce deemed safe, but in essence had allowed them to resume their livelihood.
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday (August 22) also revealed new spots of high radiation had been found near storage tanks holding highly contaminated water, raising fear of fresh leaks as the disaster goes from bad to worse.
In an inspection carried out following the revelation of the leakage, high radiation readings - 100 millisieverts per hour and 70 millisieverts per hour - were recorded at the bottom of two tanks in a different part of the plant, Tepco said.
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