AFP: Powerful Typhoon Wipha heads for Fukushima, Tepco bracing for ‘inflows of water’ — Experts: Huge flood potential for area around plant — Forecast to grow and strengthen, up to 40-foot waves off Japan coast (PHOTO)

Published: October 15th, 2013 at 1:28 am ET
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Kyodo News, Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:46a JST: Typhoon Wipha, the 26th typhoon of the year, was traveling northward around 260 km east of Minamidaito at a speed of 25 kph as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to [Japan’s Meteorological Agency]. It had an atmospheric pressure at its center of 940 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 216 kph.

AFP, Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:00a ET: Strong typhoon heads for Japan’s nuclear plant […] A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan on Tuesday, heading towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early this morning. It has been forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and then head toward the coast of Fukushima […] TEPCO says it is bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water. “We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water… we will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm),” a company spokesman said. […]

Kitsap Sun, Oct. 14, 2013: […] a hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system […] similar to some of the features that Hurricane Sandy had […] Wipha could bring an expanded area of high winds and pounding surf along with several inches of rain to […] the vulnerable nuclear plant […] Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics […] told Climate Central that the storm poses a “huge flood potential” for the Fukushima area. […] “Wipha is extra-large size-wise,” Maue said, predicting it will grow and strengthen as it makes its closest pass to Japan […] A major storm with high surf, strong winds, and heavy rainfall likely would complicate cleanup efforts, or possibly pose an even greater danger to the facility. […]  hybrid storm systems may not be good news for Tokyo and Fukushima […] can cause storms to intensify and expand in size, resulting in a broader wind field and a higher potential for storm surge. Computer models show the potential for 40-foot waves off the coast of Japan […]

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116 comments to AFP: Powerful Typhoon Wipha heads for Fukushima, Tepco bracing for ‘inflows of water’ — Experts: Huge flood potential for area around plant — Forecast to grow and strengthen, up to 40-foot waves off Japan coast (PHOTO)

  • nohobear nohobear

    Time to get out the bucket list again. The world has been damn lucky so far, but that luck is going to run out.

    So the typhoon will probably hit Fukushima Thursday, and not just any typhoon, but a Hurricane Sandy hybrid storm!!! on the same day the US may default on it's debt and plunge the world into economic chaos.

    Couldn't make this stuff up.

    I was never much for doomsday/biblical prophecies, but I may have to reevaluate my beliefs.

    I was enjoying the season premiere of "The Walking Dead". Now, not so much. We are the walking dead.

    Hug your loved ones, and tell them you love them.

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    Thank God for weed.

    • richard richard

      [REMOVED — SEE COMMENT ABOVE]

      • amberlight amberlight

        Someone makes a casual comment and you have to go on another tiresome tirade bashing other people's beliefs. I would like to read commentary on this serious situation without having to wade through your sermons—and yes, that is what they are—so find another pulpit, Richard… please!

        • harengus_acidophilus

          What do you expect?

          "I would like to read commentary on this serious situation without having to wade through (…)" … evocation of invisible friends.
          This is a man made desaster, WE have to face it!
          And there is no supernatural force who gives
          "the big daddy" and clean this mess up!

          h.

        • richard richard

          It's not a casual comment.

          It's the sign of brainwashing and conditioning.

          That's why I can't stand the garbage.

          And that's why you take offense, you're brainwashed and conditioned.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Wandering off topic is trolling or shilling for the nuclear industry.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              it may be true that wandering off topic is a diversion from the general goal of posters, which is anti nuclear, yet there is much more to it; it is in fact impossible to separate politics, religion and nuclear in our times. In fact, people would never question that the Muslim religion and nuclear threat may go hand in hand, but when it comes to Christianity, or Judaism, (all part of Abrahamic origin), no one is allowed a comment on its influence in thought or action. Why is that? Iran may use nukes against the west for Jihad, did I say something wrong?

            • richard richard

              ok anne, your racist comments that i'm not from amerika so my opinion was devalued, and your bigoted comments that more people need religion, are they on-topic?

              you know i'm anti-nuke. but I'm also anti-religion. Both of them are a danger to the world.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                You are lying about me. Please stop.

                • richard richard

                  None of what I commented on you was a lie anne.

                  I'm not making it up. It's archived here on enenews. You have said to me my comments hold no value because I'm not an amerikan.

                  You have also said that the worlds problems are due to people not being religious. I'm not making this up, this is what you have written.

                  So, I'm not the one lying here.

              • Richard. It could well be argued that modern western society has replaced the age old practice of worshipping some form of deity with the relatively new practice of worshipping science. Instead of asking a God to deliver us from whatever problems we now expect science to do that. Reality is science has created more problems then what it solved. That is my opinion and I do not wish for you to agree with it just respect it as you wish others to respect your atheism. Anne is entitled to her opinions. Anne is fully aware that I am not American and has never dissed me due to nationality. Not her style. Although American, Canadian or Martian, if your wrong your wrong and it looks like the administer pulled one of your comments so maybe you should think about why. Human nature dictates that we will all get off topic at some point but if you are replying to a specific thread as I did it should be acceptable in moderation. Finally CodeShutdown is correct religion, politics and the economy all are part of the equation in understanding how we can shutdown the nuclear industry and closing any part of that discussion does no one any service. You may not like religion but it has and always will be with us just like war, sex and bouncing babies. No accurate history of us humans could be written without war and religion mentioned.

                • bo bo

                  What a great response mark.
                  'Closing any part of that discussion does no one any service'
                  'You may not like religion but it has and will always be with us just like sex war and bouncing babies' I totally agree.

                  Codeshutdown and richard may agree on their position about religion but richard is (ironically) fanatical about enforcing his atheism upon others.

                  His posts are also not as entertaining or interesting to read as code's…

                  I just had a thought…could richard be Kez/alive and glowing… !?

                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    looking down from an airliner, its impossible to see a human, that is how small they are. Such a microscopic brain cannot possibly "model" reality successfully. CodeShutdown is neither atheist or theist, believing that the truth is always greater than itty bitty insufficient imagination. Radically anthropocentric! To the universe, a brain is smaller than this dot; (.)

                    • bo bo

                      I have this wild paranoia that he's one the shills planted to torment and sabotage anne because she holds a lot of knowledge that harms the nuke industry. Anne, religion or no religion I really appreciate your work. Don't get such characters drag down your spirit!

                      His style of communication so reminds me of kez in a weird way

                    • bo bo

                      btw – by 'he' on the above post I mean richard, note code.

                      I wonder if religion is like the polio virus, if you try to remove it then something else similar (atheism) takes its place in the host, and, although under a different name, it pretty much acts the same way with similar symptoms.

                      I'm not anti religion or atheist – I don't have the kind of clarity on this issue that some seem to have. My mind is murky. All I know is I really enjoyed going to the local shinto shrine in my hometown in Japan that was carved out of a cave and a small waterfall, and it was over 1000 years old. Warm rice sake on new year's eve at the shrine listening to the sound of the bells reverbarate, was very nice. I guess nice is not a convincing word for religion but that's all I can say now.

                      I would give anything to get that peaceful experience back without the fear and radiation blanketing over it.

                      My apology for being off topic.

                • richard richard

                  Hi Mark, that's a very poor response. Science is a proven. That's the whole point.

                  You're other junk is fiction. There is not one iota of proof from the fairy tales. It's empty dogma.

                  'science has created more problems' – now that's laughable. Churches held back humanity for over a thousand years. They denied proof in front of their eyes and dictated to the populace that gawd is the only (wrong) answer.

                  You wouldn't be conversing with me and all the others if it weren't for science. You're life expectancy would be reduced by twenty years or more if it waasn't for science. Seriously, what you have said is limited thinking.

                  And anne has dissed me for not being amerikan, I've also seen her diss others.

                  I stand by my efforts to rid the world of religion, and it clearly has no place on this forum. Maybe you weren't here in the early days of this site where it was constantly polluted by evangelical crap. The only connection between religion and nukes is the desire by christians to bring on armageddon. I intend to always get in christians faces for this reason – it's intolerable. Relgion has got to go. It's uneducated superstition, a system of fear based repression, and there is no truth or fact within the doctrines.

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                    Scientists revisit a monkey study gone wrong
                    “When science goes wrong, who picks up the pieces?
                    Other scientists. And in at least one prominent case, their monkeys.
                    Consider the case of ex-Harvard scientist Marc Hauser, author of Moral Minds: How Nature Designed a Universal Sense of Right and Wrong, who had headed heralded research into behavior in monkeys, and its implication for how people evolved their abilities to think, feel and speak. On Sept. 5, the federal Office of Research Integrity concluded a long-running investigation, finding that Hauser had committed research misconduct in his work, faking data in a 2002 study on cotton-top tamarin monkeys, and fabricating results in later study descriptions. His university came to similar conclusions last year.
                    When the scandal erupted into public view in 2010, psychologists who had cited Hauser's work faced a quandary.…”
                    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/09/29/marc-hauser-research-reviewed-harvard-scandal/1600229/

                    • richard richard

                      that's ridiculous. If you think science hasn't helped you, then turn off that computer now.

                      Take the textiles of your back. Return you car to the dealer. Remove the plumbing from your house. Turn off the music.

                      Remove all makeup and hair dyes. Sharpen up your hunting spear.

                      Remove any metal object from your existance. That includes your gold and jewellery.

                      Do not use the telephone. Do not use pen and paper.

                      Stop reading books. Go find a cave, try to survive the winter.

                      Remove dentures or any other dental repairs. Tip all those medicines from the cupboard then into the toilet. Board over the toilet.

                    • richard richard

                      Any current reduction in life expectancy may have a lot to do with the lazy and over-eating lifestyle of some sections of the community.

                      Obesity is on an epedmic scale (apparently) and that would account for a reduction in life expectancy.

                      The drive-in take-away meal is the ultimate example of lazy and poor dietary behaviour.

                      Science has extended and improved life for many, only a luddite would say otherwise.

                      If there is a reduction in life expectancy occuring, take a long hard look at life style, before you start dissing the very thing that has improved all our lives in the first instance.

                      In a word, fat, is what has reduced life expectancy, not science.

                      …………………………

                      My first follow up post didn't appear to stick, so I've (generally) repeated it. Apologies if the older post suddenly returns.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      Obesity is also caused by transfats (given to us by science) and also radiation from nuclear reactors which harms the thyroid. Also dioxins and pesticides and GMOs are also given us by science.

                      There are many different areas of science. But all the nuclear accidents and uranium mines, depleted uranium used in wars, are accumulating radiation and bioaccumulating radiation. The young girls in Japan (and elsewhere) will have trouble reaching childbearing age, trouble not being sterile, and these problems are going to increase exponentially as the human genome is damaged even more each succeeding generation.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      “…Dr. Janette Sherman, who specializes in internal medicine and has written extensively on toxic agents and radiation, “points out ecological studies showing that women living near nuclear power plants suffer from elevated numbers of breast cancers. These studies, by their nature, are suggestive and not conclusive. But there is ample reason to believe that all nuclear power plants leak radioactivity routinely into local air and water and that any exposure to ionizing radiation increases a woman's danger of breast cancer. Both radiation from nuclear energy production, improper storage of nuclear waste products, as well as dust from weapons and ammunitions using uranium enriched or depleted armaments are causing wide-spread background levels of radiation in areas of recent war activities…”. http://hawaiihealthguide.com/healthtalk/display.htm?id=484
                      http://www.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/849748.shtml

                    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                      This is another interesting twist for obesity since milk is now mandatory at public schools.
                      http://www.ejnet.org/bgh/nogood.html

                      Pretty sure they are fattening children/us up for the alien culling..

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      There is also Bisphenol-A given to us by science.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      Milk is full of hormones, and the cows eat feed that is GMO. Science in the hands of the food industry that just wants to make money is not helping us to live longer. Quite the opposite. Also in the US, cows are raised and kept in the most appalling conditions. And the chickens are fed arsenic. And the manure used for growing vegetables, etc., is from animals suffering what they eat including radioactive food and water and tritium from nuclear power plants and breathing radioactive air. Not a pretty picture. Unfortunately, the profit motive has taken over science.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      And when people suffer cancer, the medical profession only metes out chemotherapy and radiation. They don't teach or offer alternative medical therapies which are considered illegal and non-profit modalities. They don't teach vegan nutrition, or herbal therapies. There is science that they are not taught and are prohibited from teaching.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      All non-organic food is also irradiated to kill e-coli in the US. And there is so much radiation in the food, water, and air from the last 70-75 years, all the mining and testing and nuclear weapons production and nuclear energy, all presents from science. Also all the cell phones and cell phone towers, GWEN towers, and microwave ovens (even without leakage cooking food with microwaves kills off the gerrmanium which helps you immune system), and radar for planes and weather, chemtrails, and even just burn up from fuel from planes, and radiation from coal ash, and pollution from cars and oil refineries, etc. Modern science gives with one hand, and takes away with two hands.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      Even electromagnetic pollution from high power lines and land based computers, and microwave pollution from wi fi computers kills and sterilizes.

                    • richard richard

                      @obewanspeaks – I don't think that 'clean' milk in schools are a problem. I grew up with such a campaign in place.

                      I get back to the simple issue of exercise and diet (well, when I say diet, I mean avoiding over-eating).

                      Almost nothing else matters. If you walk for 30 minutes each day and try on some light exercise, you can eat almost anything. Just needs regular exercise.

                      But I know a lot of people never do any exercise and never eat lightly. I have no patience for people who live like that. Do not abuse the body and then complain about illness and mortality. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

                    • richard richard

                      oh for goodness sake anne, no one is going to go through all those rigours in an attempt to extend or improve life. And if they do, I'll bet they have no social life, in which case those rigours have detracted from life.

                      I'm vegetarian, and I know that it has social implications. To go vegan is close to impossible without isolating yourself from friends and family – ie, no meals shared.

                      As I've said to obewanspeaks, simple exercise and avoiding routinely fatting foods will make a huge difference. Turning oneself into a monk will make a difference – but is it life improving – not really.

                      Anyway, enough discourse down here. Feel free to take it over to the off-topic section if you like. But really, you are fighting a losing argument, unless you want to turn off that computer right now.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      The milk in US schools is full of Strontium-90 from Fukushima, Chernobyl, all the nuclear testing of bombs, uranium mines, and nuclear weapon production and nuclear energy plants. Then the hormones and butterfat cause puberty much earlier which increases the breast cancer rate. You may have better milk in Australia, but we don't have it in the US. Then the GMO feed given cows also causes cancer and the tritium water drunk by the cows causes cancer.

                    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                      Breast cancer rates for Australia are higher than the USA. All that milk is a problem.
                      http://www.wcrf.org/cancer_statistics/data_specific_cancers/breast_cancer_statistics.php

                    • richard richard

                      thanks anne and obe, I've tried to off-shoot this discussion to off-topic, over here …

                      http://enenews.com/forum-topic-discussion-thread-nuclear-issues-jan-5-2013-present/comment-page-68#comment-397829

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                    All the nuclear accidents, the worst by far being Fukushima, show how science goes wrong.

                    Have you read the 778 pages of:
                    A Primer in the Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science.
                    Paperback – August 1, 2009
                    by Paul Zimmerman
                    http://www.amazon.com/Primer-Art-Deception-Paul-Zimmerman/dp/061523416X

                    Not only is the nuclear industry deceptive about nuclear physics, it is also deceptive about biological sciences.

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                    Actually, because of today's science the world's population is declining and life expectancy is now much lower for females and will be lower of males soon as well.

                  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                    Nor do they recognize that children are 20 times more radiosensitive than adults, girls twice as vulnerable as little boys and fetuses much more so.
                    http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/08/the-nuclear-sacrifice-of-our-children-14-recommendations-to-help-radiation-contaminated-japan.html

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            In the context of historical events, Richard makes a good point. My own comment was apparently censored, even though it seemed factual and not aimed at any one group

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I want some very special kool aid to go with my weed. Or maybe some Soma would be nice.

    • CanaryInACoalMine CanaryInACoalMine

      Oops, so sorry!! My big stupid finger accidentally hit report. I responded that I did not mean to do that.

    • saltyfishlvr

      Lovely, another opportunity for TEPCO to dump water, blame it on nature, then tell us how sorry they are.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Medical marijuana has saved many lives including a child with a brain tumor. Thus it is a panacea as it cures various illnesses. YouTube Rick Simpson oil.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        My beloved uncle died of prostate cancer. Morphine could not relieve his pain. Medical marijuana did, and gave him some quality of life during the last several weeks of his life. If it weren't for medical marijuana, he likely couldn't have had any closure or conversation with us, so overwhelming was his pain.

  • lostworld lostworld

    Someone please look at the tepco cam.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    You folks are sick, I have been in 40 to 70 plus waves in the S China Seas, this is no game, you believe in what ever you want, but I have seen up close what a storm of this size can do, the problem is that the world sat on its ass while Japan tried to handel the problems with out the fucking people who built these damn things, GE, GE, GE,GE!!!!!
    Wake up people, you will wish you had a GOD!
    I am sick of people who play this down!

  • rodgersericv

    It is going to happen. Storm surge is going to swamp Fukushima collapsing the remaining structures that were not collapsed by the tsunami, scattering spent fuel rods, and contaminating a large area with radiation from the spontaneously igniting fuel rods. It is going to happen.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N U C L E A R . S C I E N T I S T S . O F . T H E . W O R L D

    Get your act together, because typhoons are a part of nature, we expect them.

    We don't expect radiation, that's your job …better get busy.

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Friends-

    No matter the weather, 福島第一 flooding is ongoing and cannot be stopped without serious scientific and resource intervention.

    If you are not worried, you should be.

    Get meaningfully engaged. You may be surprised at the global reach of local politics.

    Peace.

    • bo bo

      I agree. Lately I have spoken out to people and have had some luck. I am part of a local food co-op, there was an invitation for annual members' dinner. I am going to attend just to see if anybody -especially earth conscious types in Boston – are even aware. And if not, introduce the idea and see if I get stared at as being insane.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/strong-typhoon-heads-japan-nuclear-plant

    "TOKYO – A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan Tuesday, on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early Tuesday and moving north at 20 kilometres per hour.

    It was forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and later in the day would be off the coast of Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plant sits.

    As the weather agency issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds, the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said it was bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water."

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Doesn't this mean that TEPCO will deliberately open up and empty out more of the stored water on site….so they can then blame the weather "after-the-fact" for causing more leaking.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oops here is where ..I wanted the repost.

    40 ft. waves over this mess?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hv2fcqafbtkfkz/2013-10-11%20-%2002.mp4

    Thanks again ..Nuckelchen

    Another 'once in a decade' typhoon ?

    Once in a decade typhoon heads for Japan nuclear plant
    Oct 15 2013

    "We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water… We will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm)," a company spokesman said.

    Cables and hoses have been bundled together, while ground and off-shore works have been halted, he said."

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/once-in-a-decade-typhoon/848258.html

  • larry-andrew-nils

    holy cow… this plant isn't 40 feet above sea level is it?

  • larry-andrew-nils

    i mean, judging by the picture in the video the plant will be hit by these waves… am i wrong? is it an optical illusion, or is this plant less than 40 feet above…..

    and even if its 50 feet, surging waves …

    but i was already resigned to believing we're all going to die from this… only reason i come to enenews now is to either gloat that i know the truth (that this is what kills us) or to look for some sliver of hope that i am wrong.

  • PragmaticBeliever

    You are so right about that….

    And they just won´t tell. Or are going to blame "some worker" wich opened a valve wich (apart from bathing him on deadly radiation) are going to let go 10 tanks worth of radiation directly to the floor.

    And another thing…If the 10SV tower falls… how on Earth are they going to get near the plant?

    We are so screwed….

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    There is an enormous fukuppy going on right now in fact…

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Good news…this thing just might fizzle out. It is only classified as a Tropical Storm right now.

  • mhocker10

    I believe the sea wall around the harbor is only 10 meters high… that is roughly 30 feet high. The plant is only 10 meters above sea level.. so the harbor sea wall and the plant are at the same height. Anything above 10 meters high will wash across the site.

    good luck to all of us as this Typhoon hits…. but I honestly think this storm may just be the last straw that will cause massive issue with the plant… and make working there impossible.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    It's hitting pretty hard right now I'd say.. The TEPCO cam looks scary bad but you can't really see how much rainfall has actually fallen already,but this Tomioka link is kinda telling! http://www.ntt-east.co.jp/fukushima/mado/detail/tomioka.html

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Fortunately they will patrol the places…… well so everything es under control. (Abe's way)

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