Japanese officials have been unable to locate the source of the crack in the nuclear reactor, and water has been building up in the containment pools around the reactor.
There is now so much radioactive water build up, Japanese officials have decided to deliberately release some of the less contaminated water, in hopes of sealing off pools closer to the core of the reactor, where radiation levels are much higher.
Tokyo Electric Power Company said it plans to "jettison into the sea about 10,000 tons of water with radiation levels above the legal limit," according to the Seattle Times.
However, scientists say any unnatural amount of radioactive waste sent to the Pacific Ocean is an environmental catastrophe. Even diluted by the vast ocean, the radioactive contamination will invade the food chain and effect the human population.
Food and drinking water has already been contaminated in Japan, and traces of radiation in milk has already been detected on the west coast of the United States.
A massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake an tsunami on March 11, 2011 set off the Japanese disaster that now threatens to spread to the Pacific Ocean.