Photo showing 'boiling sea' off Japan coast near Fukushima goes viral

[UPDATED] A Twitter photo showing a “boiling sea” off the coast of Japan, near the Fukushima nuclear power plant with radiation leaks, has gone viral online.

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So, why is the sea ‘boiling’? The answer can be found on the report.

“After a 29-month cover-up, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is now calling for international help and has all but admitted Fukushima's radiation leaks are spiraling out of control. In addition to the leaking water storage units that are unleashing hundreds of tons of radioactive water each day, Tepco now says 50% of its contaminated water filtration capability has been taken offline due to corrosion,” the news website published Tuesday.

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In an interview, nuclear energy industry expert Arnie Gundersen warned that the problem at Fukushima “is going to get worse.”

Recent reports said radiation levels at Fukushima nuclear power plant reached “18 times higher than initially thought.”