BBC News – Fukushima: Water pouring down from hills

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.

In the mountains above the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, rainfall collects and flows down to the Pacific – through highly contaminated ground.

The Nuclear Regulatory Authority says a barrier built to prevent that water reaching the ocean has already been breached, while tanks built to contain it are nearly full.

( Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.) / Japanese translation by tomo