Accident in Japan releases ‘exotic soup’ of radioactive material — Not a ‘minor’ leak? — At least 30 people exposed — Gov’t studying potential impact

Published: May 26th, 2013 at 8:09 pm ET


Kyodo: An additional 24 researchers were exposed to an exotic soup of radioactive isotopes at the Hadron Experimental Facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, last week, raising the tally to 30, the state-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency said late Sunday. […] The radioactive substances reportedly included sodium, iodine and more exotic elements. […] The JAEA said Saturday it initially thought the leak was minor and had been confined to the laboratory when the alarm went off. Workers then switched on the ventilation system, sending the radioactive contaminants outside the building. […]

Japan Times: Officials from the Ibaraki Prefectural Government raided the complex Saturday afternoon to investigate the delay in reporting the incident. […] The level of radioactive contamination at the facility stands at as much as 40 becquerels per square centimeter, it said.

AP: An atomic research lab in northern Japan has reported a radiation leak that may have affected about 55 people, though none were hospitalized and no impact was expected outside the facility, the lab’s operator said Saturday. […] The JAEA said it was studying the potential environmental impact from the radiation leak, but did not expect any effect on surrounding areas.

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Published: May 26th, 2013 at 8:09 pm ET


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60 comments to Accident in Japan releases ‘exotic soup’ of radioactive material — Not a ‘minor’ leak? — At least 30 people exposed — Gov’t studying potential impact

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    "40 becquerels per square centimeter", a square centimeter is a very small area. 1 centimeter is less than 2/5 of an inch.

  • WorkerBee

    Anne, I think that the contamination is 400,000 Bq/m^2. One meter is 100 cm. 1 m^2 is 100 * 100 cm^2 = 10,000 cm^2. 40 Bq * 10,000 = 400,000 Bq/cm^2.

    Those guys probably had training in dealing with contamination accidents. I keep wondering where their training instructed them to turn the ventilation on in such a situation.

    • WorkerBee

      Correction: the cm^2 cancel out and the contamination is
      400,000 Bq/m^2. ( Sorry about not proofing before hitting the enter button. )

  • byron byron

    If WorkerBee at 400,000 Bq/m^2 is correct, how does that translate to Sieverts? Is it like Fukushima unit 1 where robots can not enter? For example, exposure time to get 1 Sievert?

    • harengus_acidophilus

      It isn't that easy.

      Becquerels are decays per second, but doesn't say anything about the kind of radiation. Different kinds of radiation hzave a different impact on biological organisms, and "Sieverts" deal with this. You have exactly to know which kinds of elements are decaying to calculate this prosper.


    • use this simplified table I made.

      The reply from HA is correct, you need to know which isotope is producing the disintergration, but you can assume Cesium as most geigers which "report" Sv use as the assumption.

  • We Not They Finally

    Much thanks to everyone who is knowledgeable enough to work out the math! All we do know for certain is that: it is way worse than whatever they are saying; and that they did not think they could contain the news or they already would have. Also, it's in a different prefecture and in a climate of black-out even about Fukushima! And the don't call it a nuclear power plant. They call it an "Experimental Facility"! Good God! What ARE they "experimenting" with?

  • Jebus Jebus

    They are experimenting with little pieces of the sun…
    What did they do, spark it off? eventually 🙁

    Someone said earlier they ignored the alarms for four hours? Beyond Stupid
    They opened vents not filtered? Fuku
    Some people were contaminated? Fuku
    Gov’t studying potential impact? LOL!
    Superhigh readings at Fukushima? gone fission
    Curious timing and would easily cover some troubles close by…

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They collided some particles… but they may also be experimenting with dark matter, and/or anti matter.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    J-PARC Hadron Accelerator Released 100 Billion Becquerels Radiation Through Vent Fans via @AGreenRoad

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Radioactive Leak at J-Parc: Staff let 100 Billion Becquerals Escape through Ventilation Fans
    May 25 2013.

    Ex-SKF..doing a great job on the story.

  • weeman

    I would presume that the emergency procedures for a radiation leak is to turn exhaust fans on, what I do not understand is no filtration if this is the procedure, I could not see them not turning exhaust fans on, why think of the money spent on this experiment and the possibility that they could not return to complete work.
    I do not know the location of reactor but I would think that it is in close proximity to a heavily populated area and they never installed filters and the emergency procedures say release into environment, considering the money spent how much more money would it have taken to install filters, a pittance.
    The fool on the hill sees the sun going round and the eyes in his head sees the world going round, the Beatles.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday delayed a decision to order operators of more than two dozen older nuclear plants to install filtered vents as part of the agency's post-Fukushima safety review, according to an NRC memo posted on its website."

    "The NRC instead will hold a lengthy rule-making process to further study filter options and to develop a final rule by March 2017, six years after reactors at Fukushima were damaged by an earthquake and tsunami."

    They don't care about 'public safety'. They only care about shareholder profits.

    It's all downhill from here.

    • connectdots connectdots

      There's an NRC Inspector General (Hubert T. Bell) who's supposed to be overseeing the NRC.

      The NRC's predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission, was abolished because they were too pro-nuclear.

      Aren't we seeing the same conflicts of interest occurring with the present NRC?

      Do they ever vote against anything pro-nuclear?

      Do they ever vote for the health of the citizens over the financial concerns of the industry?

      No. And no.

      • We Not They Finally

        The NRC got rid of their head, Gregory Jascko fast enough when he got concerned about safety.

      • ion jean ion jean

        Just like the govt health depts that were created NOT for the public good, but to protect industrial polluters FROM the public, the sole purpose of the NRC is to advance peaceful uses for their bomb fuel by lying and obfuscating the truth about radioactive contamination and the dangers…

        BODs complain "too expensive to replace or upgrade" and voila!

        No effects outside the invisible air walls of the plant perimeter expected!

  • bumpercrop

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      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        +1 Guy's and Gal's of ENEnews,

        my philosofical explanation to this phenomena is that we are aiming at bringing out the real picture.
        Now Truth , unlike capitalisme for example , is not hindered by kindness or emphaty , quite the opposite , its the
        best lube…

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      • We Not They Finally

        +2. It's a humane education every day.

        • hbjon hbjon

          The usgs has been captured by the globalists as well. Can no longer zoom into EQ in Japan. Must assume Fukushima is shaking to pieces from ongoing seismic China Syndrome.

    • Fall out man!


  • combomelt combomelt

    An "exotic" soup.! Sounds delicious. Did Matsuhisa drop in? Or maybe Ramsay? Even a headline of death is spun positively. So sick

  • mandog

    The AP article stated: "Tokaimura was the site of Japan's second-worst nuclear accident, in September 1999, when two workers were killed by a radiation leak at a fuel-reprocessing plant when they tried to save time by mixing excessive amounts of uranium in buckets instead of using special mechanized tanks."

  • We Not They Finally

    What's puzzling about this: When you research the Hadron Experimental Facility, "Hadron" isn't the name of a place, or even an institution, like let's say "Harvard" or "Yale." Hadron is the name of a sub-atomic particle, like a quark. They're supposed to be experimenting in how the universe was formed, like The Big Bang. It's not there to produce electricity and it's not there to produce nuclear waste. There is nothing in the descriptions that imply that they are crunching one kind of molecule into yet more radioactive other molecules. It's supposed to be a pure, dedicated, contained science project, breaking the atom down into even tinier parts. So how/why is it spewing the same kind of "exotic particles" crap as Fukushima? CAN ANYONE ADDRESS THIS? Does "a science project" really mean a weapons development project?? Just asking…..

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Particle beam

      "……High-energy particle beams are used for particle physics experiments in large facilities; the most common examples being the Large Hadron Collider and the Tevatron….

      "Electron beams are employed in synchrotron light sources to produce electromagnetic radiation with a continuous spectrum over a wide frequency band which is called synchrotron radiation. This radiation may be used at beamlines of the synchrotron storage ring for a variety of experiments….

      “the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency started work on particle beam weapons in 1958.[2] The general idea of such weaponry is to hit a target object with a stream of accelerated particles with high kinetic energy, which is then transferred to the molecules of the target. The power needed to project a high-powered beam of this kind surpasses the production capabilities of any standard battlefield powerplant,[2] thus such weapons are not anticipated to be produced in the foreseeable future….”

  • We Not They Finally

    What I don't understand is that we already can destroy the earth if we chose to. Why would we need anything else? That's why this hadron facility is confusing… Like Nassim Harimein working with the Einstein unified field theory to find a way to harness massive energy from protons. But there is no nuclear waste.


    I don't really understand any of this. But that's the problem isn't it. Trying to figure Bequorels permetre squared then they quote a figure in cm squared. Think I have maybe wrapped my head around micro seiverts per hour. Not like miles per hour where you can actually experience it on a highway. Its all in your head. Problem with the whole nucler thing. Its complicated and doesn't lend itself to one sentence arguments. I read through above web site and no mention of a reactor. Just sub atomic particles, well that's splitting the atom I guess. Didn't know these Neutrino experiments involve harmful levels of radiation. Nobody really knows what these goofs are doing. Meanwhile the Idiocrats are saying "More beer".

    • Jebus Jebus

      That's why it's odd that this particle research facility had such a large release…

      Where did the high radiation come from, if it was just a few protons and neutrons smacking together at high velocity?

      Where did the high radiation come from?

      I suppose they store isotopes there?

      Doesn't add up…

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Just guessing, but I think they set something in motion which wasn't anticipated by their physics modeling. Probably something unexpected. They'll likely herald it as some wonderful discovery. The humans exposed to the radiation? Oh, a small price to pay for discovery. And after all, damaged humans are just considered "collateral damage."

        I'm sorry to have become so cynical and jaded since two years ago. It's just that the more I know about nuke puke, the worse and worse it gets.

        Like looking into the mote one's own eye.

    • razzz razzz

      Researchers doing experiments that went awry. Bombarding test elements with protons when the proton gun malfunctions. Test elements were radioactive during testing then the proton gun malfunction causing the test elements to vaporize and escape containment.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Breaking an atom is what the whole nuclear and military industrial complex is all about.

    By going deeper into this, they hope to harness greater and greater powers, maybe even more power than the sun.

    We have harnessed the power of the sun, and found out that there are many horrible side effects to this.

    What happens when we harness ANTI MATTER. Isn't anti matter part of black holes in space?

    Black holes eat up everything around them.

    If these scientists create a black hole, yes they will be successful, but then the price paid is that the earth and all living things on it are swallowed up by it.

    Mad scientists do not care about consequences. They just want the money and/or power to pursue their 'research'.. Consequences? Ethics? Morals? Who cares?

  • Paul Hellyer was the Canadian Minister of Defence. He was interviewed by Alex Jones his May 24 show. Hellyer figures that secret technology exsists that's 100 years ahead of what we know. Who really knows what is really going on? Really weirded me out to hear my countries former head of defence on Alex Jones. Has to be a kernel of truth there. Just plain scary. Joining the idiocrats today. Beer doesn't help but doesn't hurt. Blessings.

  • hbjon hbjon

    yeah well the shits fallen into the wrong hands and now we pay the price of human foolishness. Splitting and fusing the atom is understood completely by modern man. There is no mysterious hokus pokus. The suns energy is created by fusion. Under great pressure atoms with a only a few nucleons fuse together. When they do this they weigh less than when they were apart. When you have a loss of mass there must be a release of energy. A few words we can't say on TV are…..1)Inflation 2)Tits 3)Plutonium and 4)Transmutation

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Just my two cents' worth here re: Anne's and others' comments on J-PARC and similar experimental projects. As long as man thinks he can become omnipotent without becoming omniscient, we'll continue to see this kind of thing happen.

    Experiment? Hubris is a pretty damning term, but that's just what it is — trying to play God when one clearly doesn't possess both omnipotence and omniscience concurrently.

    Seems to me that has been the problem with the nuclear "experiment" from the very beginning ….

    "When I was a child, thought as a child, spoke as a child, I didn't know better . But now I'm a man, I look like a man, I'm old as a man, and I should know better, better…. "

    — Todd Rundgren —

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Oh, and good luck with the omniscience and omnipotence part, mortal being. Save that for your next life, or better yet, get some assistance.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        HBJon said distilled it down pretty well. Yes, we understand precisely what happens. But I'd argue we don't understand how or why. Until we do, we should stick to the kiddie games and leave the dangerous stuff for the wiser beings ….

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Am not the first one to say we're just like little boys playing shoot 'em up with real guns. Or that we're collectively pretty clueless about what we're doing and can't figure it out until something really dire occurs.

          Monju is a really good example of technology and technocracy run amock, as is Fukushima.

          I never thought I'd live to see the day when I thought the Russians acted pretty RESPONSIBLY in the way they handled the Chernobyl accident. There was, after all, a cover up attempted after the accident there, too. But at least the government and the people didn't just cut and run there.

          They DID try to play it down, and many, many people were needlessly exposed to very high levels of radiation (May Parades in Kiev and things like that).

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            I wonder what historians will say about the manner in which Fukushima was handled, if there are human historians left in another 20-50 years.

        • hbjon hbjon

          Let's continue to reach for explanations that will solve the problems that have befallen us. Human understandings, if you look around and talk to people, vary widely and wildly. Using radioactive substances to produce energy is too risky on this chaotic chunk of matter that orbits the sun every year. The dangers to life are caused by instability of matter and the repulsion and attraction of the electromagnetic forces. By understanding classical physics, explanations into the how and the why will reveal theirselves to us. So, at least we will know what caused our demise. If that sort of thing means anything to you.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Did you all see this on EXSKF?

    MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

    "At Least 4 Nuke Plants Will Apply for Restart Under the New Safety Regulations to Be Implemented in July

    If they are approved, there will be 8 additional reactors, including one with MOX fuel, will be online in Japan, in addition to two reactors at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant.

    These plants are:
    Takahama Nuclear Power Plant: Reactor 3 (MOX), Reactor 4, operated by Kansai Electric Power Company;

    Ikata Nuclear Power Plant: Reactor 3, operated by Shikoku Electric Power Company;

    Sendai Nuclear Power Plant: Reactor 1, Reactor 2, operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company; and

    Tomari Nuclear Power Plant: Reactors 1, 2 and 3, operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Company. "
    Oh, I can hardly stand the anticipation, awaiting restart of that MOX reactor at Takahama.

    These people have gone truly bonkers.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    It could have been an experiment to get rid of nuclear waste (will always be doomed for failure). Or an experiment for a new weapon (just leave all the nuclear reactors in place and keep building new ones–this is already killing off the whole planet quickly at an exponential rate–don't need new weapons–the existing civilization will soon kill off everyone and everything.)

    • Fall out man!

      Yes, it may be that nuclear power will be the final nail in Japan's coffin. (or possibly one could say the corrupt leadership that let such plants operate with no regard for people's safety). Its not much use having nuclear weapons if you destroy your country building them. The same applies to the USA. All that radiation destroys the genome, weakening every future generation. That happens just from normal correctly operating nuke power plant emissions. When a Fukushima or Chernobyl comes along, the situation gets worse again. What price do you put on the genome of your people? If that is destroyed, the people just die out. It won't matter how sophisticated their technology, or how much money they made, or how many nuclear weapons they have. Nuclear contamination even from normally operating plants damages the genome of those around them forever.

  • zaner8 zaner8

    They left the submarine screen door open.
    sharing the love. Did the alarm go off
    when they allowed "fresh air" from the outside
    to come into their experiment room? Hows the weather
    in the executive suites in India?
    Blowing farts in a horse barn.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Exotic Soup of Deception would be a better heading.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I noticed NETC had some high readings in Tokyo some days ago.