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storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant to hold radioactive water were not constructed to hold sea water, nor to withstand another strong earthquake.Nuclear analyst Michael Johnson tells OneWayJapan about his concern over the future of the plant.”Those tanks cannot withstand a strong earthquake. Those tanks will come down. Not today, maybe not tomorrow. But they will” said Mr. Johnson.OneWayJapan was very interested to understand better about the situation at the striken power plant, so we have decided to ask more questions to Mr. Johnson.Is The Situation Under Control?”Yesterday we have witness how TEPCO is putting at risk the safety of an entire country. The operator was taking precautions to prevent contaminated water from overflowing, as a strong storm approached, placing weights on large cranes to stop them toppling over. The very same cranes used to move debris around the reactor buildings. TEPCO doesn’t know what to do right now and the people that are making decisions should be arrested or the head office relocated next to the plant”Every weekend checks reveal more points within the plant where radiation levels are higher than expected.How Dangerous Is That Water?”To put it in prospective: radiation levels near the bottom of the tank measured 1,800 millisieverts an hour… then after one week the reading were at 2,200mSv per hour. This is high enough to kill a person in four hours.There have been at least five leak events from the tanks, with the most recent, in August ( 2013 ), being the largest. This saw contaminated water flood a walled concrete pad under the faulty tank, and then pass through a rainwater valve to soak the surrounding soil.Can those Tanks Withstand a Strong Earthquake?The thanks have problems right after a major earthquake, but no-one seems to understand it. This means that those thanks WILL eventually break.On August the 12th there was a magnitude 6 earthquake right near Fukushima and 10 days after, on August the 19th, they found the biggest leak to date. The water was everywhere on the ground. This means that the date of the earthquake could be linked to the accident. And this is happening every time, but they do not seem to care.TEPCO says the tanks that have leaked used rubber seams and were intended to last about five years. That’s ok. That’s right. But, under normal conditions. Those are not intented to hold sea water, nor radioactive, nor can withstand earthquakesWho Inspects The Tanks?The decision to use this type of tank was made because of a lack of workforce and the haste to install the tanks. The plant contains around 350 of these flange tanks.30 tanks are only inspected visually, twice a day, by 2 to 9 workers, and we should keep in mind that there are more than 1,000 storage tanks on the site, and none of the workers carried dosimeters.After the leak found in August ( 2013 ) TEPCO increased its patrol staff by 50 people, 4 daily inspections, and promised to install gauges in the tanks to monitor the water levels inside.What Will Happen If A Tank Breaks Down?Now, we had 1 thank leaking. This caused a huge problem. For example: Tritium levels kept rising since then. The reading in these last days are:4,200 bq/l on 8 September29,000 bq/l on 9 September64,000 bq/l on 10 September97,000 bq/l on 11 SeptemberImagine the same problem, but 1000 times worst. That water contain 4 times the total ammount of radioactivity released during the Chernobyl accident.It’s hard to grasp the magnitute of this terrible senario, but if you can imagine that… you should picture a disaster of biblical proportions.