I do not recommend reading entire news wire articles.
It's bad enough when you go in for the snippets. Only snippets seem to correlate with something distantly connected to actual.
Officials say they still don't know where the radioactive water is coming from, though government spokesman Yukio Edano earlier said some is "almost certainly" seeping from a damaged reactor core in one of the units.
A top TEPCO official acknowledged it could take a long time to clean up the complex.
"We cannot say at this time how many months or years it will take," Muto said, insisting the main goal now is to keep the reactors cool.
Workers have been scrambling to remove the radioactive water from the four units and find a place to safely store it. Each unit may hold tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water, said Minoru Ogoda of Japan's nuclear safety agency.
Safety agency officials had been hoping to pump the water into huge, partly empty tanks inside the reactor that are designed to hold condensed water.
Those tanks, though, turned out to be completely full, said Hidehiko Nishiyama of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
Meanwhile, plans to use regular power to restart the cooling system hit a roadblock when it turned out that cables had to be laid through turbine buildings flooded with the contaminated water.
"The problem is that right now nobody can reach the turbine houses where key electrical work must be done," Nishiyama said. "There is a possibility that we may have to give up on that plan."
Despite Sunday's troubles, officials continued to insist the situation had at least partially stabilized.
I took the "geiger counter" link off my sidebar, not just because it was better labeled "radiation monitor", but because the radiation monitors are not registering anything quantifiable except in the very widest sense. The government [which includes universities because of funding considerations] and the nukes plants are the only ones with equipment up to the job, and they're not telling... even where they still have functioning monitoring equipment. If you want to put yourself through it, here's the citizens' network and here's the feds'....