16 million Bq/liter of Cesium-137 in water at Fukushima Daiichi Spent Fuel Pool No. 1 — More than in June 2011 — Almost 5,000 times Unit 4′s levels

Published: March 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm ET
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Spent Fuel Pool No. 1

  • January 23, 2013: Cesium-137 @ 16,000 Bq/cubic centimeter [16 million Bq/liter] (Source)
  • June 22, 2011: Cesium-137 @ 14,000 Bq/cubic centimeter (Source)

For comparison, the cesium-137  in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 was 3.3 Bq/cubic centimeter on January 22, 2013.

June 22, 2011

 

See also: Fairewinds: SFP No. 1, 2, & 3 “clearly have significant spent fuel damage” (VIDEO)

Published: March 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm ET
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39 comments to 16 million Bq/liter of Cesium-137 in water at Fukushima Daiichi Spent Fuel Pool No. 1 — More than in June 2011 — Almost 5,000 times Unit 4′s levels

  • We Not They Finally

    First we were told that if spent fuel pool 4 topples, it's the end of the world. Now it turns out that spent fuel pool 1 has FIVE THOUSAND times the amount of cesium as SFP 4?? Am I even reading this correctly?


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  • Spirit Wings Spirit Wings

    I am reading it the same way. Arnie, Helen, Busby et al: we need you on this one!!

    Thank you enenews for all you do.

    On March 11 almost no news media covered the anniversary, not even drudgereport. Not even the general alternative news venues.

    I pasted the headlines from enenews that day (they were especially gruesome)and sent them here and there to people I know as a way of honoring all the victims.

    Unbelievable. And heart breaking. Words fail me.


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  • Sickputer

    THis stuff can get very confusing…but perhaps they aren't talking about rods here…talking about cesium levels in the "cooling water". Reactor 1 is hotter than a pepper sprout for the emissions it is leaching into the cooling water. So maybe the splatter theory of that explosion is true. Maybe.

    Units 1-3 were in full operation at the time of the earthquake. Unit 4-6 were offline and no fissile fuel in the reactor vessel.

    In case of a total loss of cooling the spent fuel rods are much more of a threat at Unit 4 because there are a lot (unless they have already burned up) and the huge CSFP (Common Spent Fuel Pond).

    But Units 1-3 are robot-killers so you know the radiation emitted there must be fierce.


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    • We Not They Finally

      But wouldn't that "cooling water" be amongst the millions of gallons they are dumping into the sea? Questions so naïve even a child could ask….


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      • Sickputer

        >But wouldn't that "cooling water" be amongst the millions of gallons they are dumping into the sea?

        SP: Some of that hot "soup" gets filtered by SARRY devices and placed into big canisters at the plant…and some of it flows out through the damaged foundation cracks into underground water fissures into the ocean. Probably a lot of the cooling feed water is lost through that type of ocean "bleed".

        Feed and bleed…a never ending process at Fukushima Daiichi. That's why the workers are so discouraged.


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Now we know why TEPCO built a tent to cover #1. There has got to be periodic criticalities occurring in that pool among the spent rods. Water itself is a moderator, and that water is hot enough to supply enough neutrons.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    I am starting to think, what we thought we knew, wasn't even half the truth.

    No wonder why my Daughter, son-in-law, and I have swollen glands, nodules, why the heart, liver and kidney's is acting up.
    Maybe it's why my dog now has seizures and a lump on her chest.


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    • Sickputer

      Both my small dogs )sisters not quite 3 years old) died last year of seizures and tumors. Coincidence?


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Sorry to say Sickputer, I don't think it's a coincidence.
        My pup is the sweetest 4 1/2 pound girl Chihuahua born 01/15/05 and never had a problem until Fukushima.
        It's also not a coincidence that, people are gradually showing problems.


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      WindSolarPlease and Sickputer, I'm so sorry that your families are being hit by the effects of this. We are too, and our dog has an infection that he can't shake. I am sorry for your loss, Sickputer.


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    • We Not They Finally

      We do you LIVE that this is happening to you? That sounds alarming. Very sorry to hear that.


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      • Sickputer

        WNTF typed these pixels of light:

        "Where do you LIVE that this is happening to you?"

        SP: West Texas. My little dogs (sorry for the typo…I said sisters, but they were male litter mates…my new dogs are sisters).

        The deceased dogs were a shortlegged breed and got lots of ground dust exposure and rain during the first year of the Japanese crisis (they were barely 4 months old when the plant complex blew up).

        They did have a doggie door to come in out of the elements and we gave them bottled spring water to drink (but dogs drink rain).

        The first little boy dog died of a massive and bloody seizure in the early part of 2012 and her brother died the same way December 18, 2012. They were born on Halloween October 31, 2010. Just about broke my wife's heart.

        After the first dog died we got two bigger breed dogs that are sisters as littermates to be a companion for the lonely male, but he died when my new girl puppies were 9 months old (they just celebrated their first birthday on St. Patricks's Day.). So far they seem OK so we are hoping they don't get sick.


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    • kintaman kintaman

      Where are you situated geographically? Japan, west coast North America?


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      • Sickputer

        6,000 miles from Fukushima in west Texas, but with the jetstream it certainly isn't safe anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere or for that matter even south of the Equator.

        In 48 hours a good gust on the jetstream brings heavy dust particles to my house. 7-10 days by the slower lower winds.

        The Pacific Ocean is the 21st century Maginot Line post-Fukushima. We have a very thin and fragile atmosphere and it's geting more and more toxic every day.


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  • Vigilant Observer Vigilant Observer

    And i guess we now know why all the sea lions are dying on the west coast. Do not eat any fish from the Pacific! Notice all the fast food joints are pushing fish sandwiches lately on tell-a-vision. Even Carl's Jr.

    Nothing to see here eat FISH!!…they are trying to kill us all. See The Georgia Guidestones for more info on this.


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  • The water in the spent fuel pools isn't it constantly being pumped through a cooling and filtration system, or is just the water from core cooling being filtered for cesium and?


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    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      core cooling!? surely you jest. No core left in place to cool. no cores, just corium in unknown locations. (unknown locations? well, there are known to be parts of at least 3 coriums, +fuel pools, currently in circulation around the globe via air and ocean…)


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      • Yeah, but I wasn't talking about where the coriums are. I'm talking about the plant cooling system that they are still maintaining. The water gets filtered. Does the coolingwater used for the spent fuel pools go through the cesium filtration system I believe is online? If you remember they installed a filteration system in the cooling system which recirculates the water. Can't seem to find a link but I believe its still operational. Just if that's the case, the skewed numbers in the different pools could be a filtration issue.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Another naive question: How do they cool CORES when there is nothing left of them but cor-IUM (a molten mess) that they claim they cannot even locate (and they do claim that)?! We have to think that there are huge pools of radioactive water, even underground, that they cannot account for at all.


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    • Sickputer

      They probably just flood the three wrecked Units 1-3 which are the bad apples and use a lot of boron to help slow the atomic reactions.

      We guess the coriums may be deep and basically get watered by the tides coming in from the sea via fissures in the mudstone layers and the underground water sources does the same from the upland direction. The feed water from above may not be reaching the corium anymore, but Tepco isn't going to reveal such indelicate details.

      There also may be a lot of building fissile fuel meltdown splatter fragments that will need cooling for years to come, if not decades or millennia.


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    • Don't call me naive. I wasn't talking about where the coriums are. All you say is true but has nothing to do with the cooling system I was talking about.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    There seems to be no end to the bad news from Fukushima. People often say that if there is a God why does he let bad things happen. Well, why do WE let this bad stuff happen? What is it that makes people with common sense so impotent? I guess they don't call them mad scientists for nothing. I just watched a video of a knee replacement surgery because my mother just had one. As much pain as she is in, I would rather have a knee replaced once every year than be watching this slow death of the whole world, and realizing that millions are content to watch the popular rubbish on the television and sit and home and do nothing. I swear, it's like watching a football game where every one of the players guts are literally dragging behind them and the crowd just enjoys their popcorn and soda


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    • fredlvie

      would appreciate a comment from pu239,who seems to be a very well informed and educated man.
      i had the idea after cernobyl,and of course after fukushima.the only way to solve a problem like this (coremelting)would have been to drop 1-2 h-bombs on the site,after evacuating the vicinity.within the center of a h-bomb-explosion there are millions of centigrades and thermal fusion.they call it plasma,and no complete nucleus would have been left,but the short and intensive radiation of the bombs.better that than thousands of years of irradiating the whole world,i think…
      of course they would have been lost also the daini-plant.


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  • Madashell10 Madashell10

    Statements
    8 March 2013 | Vienna, Austria

    Statement on Second Anniversary of Fukushima Accident
    by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

    Two years have passed since disaster struck Japan. The Great East Japan Earthquake and the enormous tsunami of March 11, 2011 devastated large areas of land, caused great loss of human life, and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. I was deeply saddened by this tragedy in my homeland. But I was also inspired by the courage and resilience of the Japanese people, including the brave workers at Fukushima Daiichi.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency continues to give priority to supporting Japan's efforts to recover from the nuclear accident. We are also helping to ensure that the world learns from those events so that we can make nuclear energy as safe as humanly possible.

    Working together, the IAEA's 159 Member States have already made significant progress in upgrading nuclear safety. Our efforts are guided by the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which was unanimously endorsed by our Member States in September 2011.

    Today, virtually all Member States with nuclear power plants have completed stress tests and taken practical steps to expand and diversify safety measures.

    The IAEA has expanded the expert peer reviews which we offer to our Member States, covering areas such as the operational safety of a country's nuclear power plants, the effectiveness of its regulatory system, and its emergency…


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      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        "We are also helping to ensure that the world learns from those events so that we can make nuclear energy as safe as humanly possible."

        Huh? How is this being accomplished? By covering up the extent and scope of the disaster? By minimizing the fallout? By not talking about total releases? By not discussing plutonium releases at all? By not warning anyone about anything? By covering up the disaster until people were exposed and then moving a few? By inviting children and their families to move BACK INTO dangerous Chernobyl type exclusion zones, and calling it all normal and safe?

        Lessons learned?

        Cover ups work… keep doing them.

        Denial is a river in Egypt, but nothing else.

        Control of the mass media is key, so keep on keeping on with suppressing what is really going on by talking about movie stars, murders, queens, princesses and soap operas, plus plenty of commercials to sell lots of stuff to people who think nothing has changed since FUKU.

        And keep on with the press releases and press tours in buses, while claiming that everything is shut down, cooled off and decommissioned.


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  • Madashell10 Madashell10

    Sorry about the post above i tried to paste this

    The worst elements of the accident are behind us and we are now in the post-accident phase

    All is well folks nothing to see here


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  • razzz razzz

    Little dogs travel close to the ground. Big difference between taking Geiger readings just above waist level and then six inches off the ground esp. after a rain.

    I am taking pools here, what rods are left in Unit 1 must not be in condition for removal.

    Interesting that Unit 4 levels of Cs134 is decaying away somewhat normally but Unit 1 has more levels of Cs134 to decay away yet. I understand the shorter the half-live the more active the decay rate is but where did all the Cs134 come from to get that high of a decay rate 2 years later?…Damage fuel rods leaking?

    Unit 2 is not much better. Unit 3 is a scary puddle of water.


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    • weeman

      I am in big trouble I am vertically challenged, please don't forget TNT comes in small packs and all great dictators were vertically challenged and I will not just lay down and die, I will take you on and will not be going alone, this I promise.


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    • guezilla

      Cs-134? There's a lot of varibles that come into play, but for a simple starting point, we can calculate the Cs-137 to Cs-134 ratio for each.
      1: 16000 / 7700 = 2,08 (1,28 at start, ratio increased by 1,63 times)
      2: 120 / 54 = 2,22 (1,00 at start, ratio increased by 2,22 times)
      3: 910 / 470 = 1,94 (1,18 at start, ratio increased by 1,64 times)
      4: 3.3 / 1.2 = 2,75 (1,39 at start, ratio increased by 1,98 times)

      A ratio of 2 and increase of about 2 is about what you'd expect at 2 years. So why does Unit 4 have so much more Cs-137 than Cs-134? Unit 2 is playing catch-up. Only Unit 4 seems to be following what could be characterized as normal half-life induced isotopic rates. Units 1 and 3 apparently getting rainwater into the pools might have something to do with it.

      Thenagain we also have August 19 Unit 1 at 24,000 Bq/cc Cs-137. So if the figures are to be trusted at all, I believe they indicate the concentration has risen and then fallen, and not just risen as this article indicates.


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  • Why would cesium levels be increasing so much?

    Isn't the water filtered to take out radiation and to keep the water pure, in all of the spent fuel pools?

    According to the pro nuclear apologist 'experts', spent fuel pool water is not radioactive. It can be drunk with no problems. People can use it for a swimming pool and it is slightly warm, and not dangerous at all.


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