Agency: Fukushima workers urgently trying “to prevent groundwater from leaking into ocean” — Levels of nuclear waste surge next to sea — Strontium-90 shatters previous record by over 5 Billion Bq/m3 — Now 25 million times EPA limit

Published: October 15th, 2014 at 1:00 am ET
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Jiji Press, Oct. 14, 2014: Cesium Level Rises in TEPCO Plant Well — [TEPCO] on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in cesium levels in water collected from an observation well near the sea [on] Monday [with] a record 251,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per liter, 3.7 times the cesium level… [last] Thursday… Monday’s reading was the highest level… from any of these wells… The samples in question also contained 7.8 million becquerels of beta particle-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium-90, per liter, also a 3.7-fold increase.

ITAR-TASS (Russian News Agency), Oct. 14, 2014 (emphasis added): Highest radiation in ground water at Japan’s NPP after nuclear disaster… The highest radiation level was registered in subsoil water taken from a technical well at 1st and 2nd power units at Fukushima-1.., [TEPCO] said on Tuesday. The underground water sample was taken on October 13… Company’s experts said that a surge in radiation was linked with the impact of a typhoon raging in the locality, when heavy rain triggered spread of radiation-contaminated particles in underground water. Now nuclear plant’s specialists are pumping out ground water urgently to prevent it from leaking into the ocean.

Kyodo News, Oct 14, 2014 (Google translation): … record high values of cesium, the influence of the typhoon in Fukushima first nuclear power plant… from the water of the well in the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Units 1 and 2 [cesium is 251,000] becquerels per liter… manganese 54 is… 700… cobalt 60 [is 3,600]… [TEPCO] found under the influence of typhoon No. 18 earlier this month, contaminated water that has accumulated in the piping has been spreading. Both record high values in groundwater…

Note that the most recent stontium-90 test results for well No. 1-6 published by Tepco on Oct. 1 show that levels of Sr-90 are virtually equal to Gross Beta. This means the Oct. 13 Sr-90 levels are near 7,800,000 Bq/L — 26,000,000 times the EPA limit for Sr-90 in water (0.3 Bq/L).

See also: Officials: Typhoon caused significant increase in radioactive releases from Fukushima — Record levels of ‘highly toxic’ nuclear material found in ground outside reactor

Published: October 15th, 2014 at 1:00 am ET
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  • radioactiveruss radioactiveruss

    And the Theatrics go on! Won't be much longer until TEPCO, and the leadership of the other countries are forced to tell the Truth-

    No One on the Fukushima Diachii site pumping out ground water or doing anything else!

    Won't be too much longer that you are buying wild caught seafood of any kind either, and when the phytoplankton populations decline below 35% or so you won't have too much longer to breathe!

    LOL! The Hopi Prophecy and quite a few others as well, are unfolding in your lifetime and right in front of you and none but a few see it.

    Pretending it is not happening is not going to make it go away, one maybe two generations left of Homo-Retardo and the other Entities in this Universe and the entire Cosmos are relieved and quite pleased that this failed experiment on Planet Earth is coming to a well deserved end, although the loss of all those other species is quite sad, but this had to be an all or nothing deal to save everything else.

    Flame away LOL

  • Hey, can someone remind TEPCO that water pipes, pumps freeze in winter and burst.

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Stock,

    Mahalo Nui Loa. Please take good care.

    Aloha.

    • Ya andagi, I will be back in the islands soon to promote and do solar. and will take and video radiation readings

      It seems you are Hawaiian, eh? Doko Deska?

      stock out

      and you know you direct email methinks, if not write.

  • AlexfromNB

    While not trying to be purposefully flippant…

    Please pass the brown pants!

    The media is covering up this disaster like nothing else I've ever witnessed. What's going to happen when the sleeping masses awaken?

    I shudder to think!

  • Sol Man

    The nuclear agenda shows only disdain for all of creation; for all time, and included in that is their own people into an ever more uncertain future, without the countless creatures that dropped dead for bafflingly mysterious reasons. This can not be understood from any normal perspective.

  • What about strontium levels? How come we aren't getting those data points? TEPCO rarely reports strontium anymore, since levels started rising significantly in the summer of 2013.

    Headline from Enenews (2013, December) Study finds giant strontium-90 release into body of water begins around 1,000 days after reactor meltdown — Dec. 5, 2013 = thousand days after 3/11 — Graphic shows very high levels being discharged for tens of thousands of days.

    Source citation: A. Bayer, W. Tromm, & I. Al-Omari. Dispersion of Radionuclides and Radiation Exposure After Leaching by Groundwater of a Solidified Core-Concrete Melt. http://www.irpa.net/irpa8/cdrom/VOL.1/M1_97.PDF

    • Precisely how much has strontium levels risen over the last year?

      The TEPCO document linked by Enenews for the data has this caveat:

      "Since some samples are still under analysis, the highest dose of the Strontium-90 is among those previously announced." page 8http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14100102-e.pdf

      Media often don't differentiate strontium from other beta particle emitting radioactive substances in their reporting. It is hard to get comparative data

      THIS WEEK: Cesium Level Rises in TEPCO Plant Well (October 14, 2014). Jiji, http://jen.jiji.com/jc/i?g=eco&k=2014101400933
      [well located east of unit 2] Water samples collected Monday contained a record 251,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per liter, 3.7 times the cesium level in water collected on Thursday…. Of the total, cesium-134 accounted for 61,000 becquerels and cesium-137 190,000 becquerels…. The samples in question also contained 7.8 million becquerels of beta particle-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium-90, per liter, also a 3.7-fold increase over Thursday's level.

      10 MONTHS AGO: Record radiation levels detected in well [near unit 2] at Fukushima nuke plant Dec 14 2013, The Asahi Shimbun, http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201312140043

      A record 1.8 million becquerels of beta-ray sources per liter of water were detected at a monitoring well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo…

      • But we can see here that in Dec 2013 beta producers were measured at a then record of 1.8 million becquerels of beta-ray sources per liter of water

        Compare that with October 2014 and we have 7.8 million:
        "samples in question also contained 7.8 million becquerels of beta particle-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium-90, per liter, also a 3.7-fold increase over Thursday's level"

        TEPCO is claiming that the 7.8 million is a threefold increase from Thurday's levels…?

        Have levels been rising slowly from 1.8 to 2.X over the last year until several days ago, when they spiked threefold, presumably from some storm effects?

        I don't trust any of this reporting but I can see that the pattern is for a rapid increase in beta ray sources in groundwater and the ocean at Daiichi

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Now everyone in Japan who draws well water will get a knock on their door by interpol. Gitmo will fill up with suspected terrorists building dirty bombs.

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