The dicey task of extracting tens of thousands of gallons of water—two million times as radioactive as the stuff poured into the Pacific—has begun. It's unclear where exactly this water is headed, but removing it is crucial.

The highly dangerous water will be removed in order to make room for—drumroll—more radioactive water, with the ultimate goal being a recycling rig that can clean and cool water before sending it back over the plant's scalding fuel rods, precluding the need for more and more accumulation. Keep your fingers crossed. [NYT and Kyodo News]