Asahi: ALL radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi leaking? “We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse”

Published: April 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm ET


Title: Defect could affect all radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 08, 2013

Defect could affect all radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. suspects two leaks of radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were caused by shoddy workmanship to install devices to detect such spillage.

The latest problem at the stricken plant suggests that the defect could cause leaks at the five other underground water storage tanks because they all have the same structure. […]

“We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse,” a TEPCO official said. “We are not leaving the No. 3 tank unattended.” […]

[…] contamination could affect the entire area if leaked water mixes with groundwater. […]

TEPCO planned to pump up groundwater and release it into the sea before it enters the reactor buildings. That plan would be meaningless if the groundwater is already contaminated.

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Published: April 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm ET


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52 comments to Asahi: ALL radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi leaking? “We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse”

  • Lion76 Lion76

    cue the "You Don't Say???" Meme guy

  • weeman

    I smell a rat, using the waste tanks to cover up that the ground water is already contaminated, how could it not be contaminated with fuel pellets scattered around premises, it must contaminate the ground water, no brainer never mind what was released from three cores open to the elements?

  • pure water

    The situation surrounding the Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima 1" is a serious cause for concern on the part of Russia, said on April 7 the chief state sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko.

    "Too often in the period after the disaster we see what is happening there. All this suggests that the situation there is quite poorly controlled. Given that Japan has a policy to refuse to allow foreign experts there, we perceive the situation quite painful ", – quotes" Interfax "the head of Epidemiology.

    Google translation from here:

    • lickerface lickerface

      They have no problem exporting matcha green tea though. I wonder exactly what their export policy is and what levels of rad are considered suitable for export are. Also, do the thresholds for contamination vary based on the country they're shipping to? I've always felt Japan could silently retaliate against USA for Hiroshima and Nagasaki via feeding nuke waste and contaminates back to us. Perhaps even in the form of a new car? I won't buy a Japanese car made after 2010 feeling this way. We have to assume that some malice is taking place here because their gov lies to their own people (actually all do). Why can we trust their policies? Where is the U.N. as far as intervention? That's the only time I ever thought the U.N would have a just purpose, wow!

      • pure water

        UN were alarmed by people from Japan and scientists and did nothing. People have been betrayed everywhere.

        • nedlifromvermont

          the UN is flogging NUKES everywhere … silly UN: Bunch of Morons flogging nukes …

          They didn't get the memo: HITLER is dead; No need to flog your NUKES.

          Bunches of morons, flogging nukes …

          peace …

      • We Not They Finally

        Actually, there have been reports of both China sending radioactive food BACK to Japan and Russia sending other imported goods (I think it was cars) BACK to Japan. Maybe the Koreans too. America does NOTHING to protect its population, and apparently as a matter of POLICY.

        • nedlifromvermont

          What would you have them do? Tell them to stop breathing???

          No, seriously, you are right. The US government is captive of the nuclear power industry.

          What a world, what a world!

          peace …

      • stopnp stopnp

        Just ask Hillary Clinton. She signed a pact with Japan right after the meltdowns to keep everything flowing. Our government only cares about the fake economy we exist in. Just as bad as Japan's government. Obama says everything is just fine though. They're going to work on disabling all of us from protecting ourselves instead. Who wants a population that can fight back?

    • Russia knows what is going on. You really have to do a double-take when you see headlines like the following from Russia Today, as in "Houston, we have a problem, a real one.":

      Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster
      Published time: April 03, 2013 19:56
      Edited time: April 04, 2013 19:43

      "Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.

      In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

      “Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the US, and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation,” researchers from the New York-based Radiation and Health Project wrote in a study published by the Open Journal of Pediatrics.

      Children born after the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant are at high risk of acquiring congenital hyperthyroidism if they were in the line of fire for radioactive isotopes. Researchers studied concentration levels of radioiodine isotopes (I-131) and congenital hypothyroid cases to make the association."

      • nedlifromvermont

        Didn't Polio Dude say no iodine made it across … the hallmark of a nuclear shill: to lie AND LIE BIG AND KEEP LYING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. Goebbels' progeny!

        peace …

    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      The Russians won't intervene. Their nuclear mess is way larger.

  • We Not They Finally

    More after-the-fact "news." So it's really "olds." Is it all over but the PR? No one actually believes that this can EVER stop spewing, much less get "de-contaminated."

  • We Not They Finally

    We (husband and I) are not scientists or engineers. Can someone explain how they can use a million gallons of water a minute (or whatever the figure is — it's really high)for cooling, and then that water gets: recirculated again and again? Or it goes right into a storage tank? And is all the cooling done by seawater now? A isn't that progressively more corrosive? It's obviously a disaster, but can someone spell out the logistics?

  • We Not They Finally

    Another thing: How can CORIUM, which has melted out of ANY containment, be "cooled"? And any water anywhere near it (groundwater, seawater, whatever) would by definition HAVE to be contaminated, yes? So WHERE HAS THE WATER ACTUALLY BEEN GOING THUS FAR? Maybe there have been storage tanks for water used to cooled spent fuel pools still in some kind of containment, but for water pouring over the corium, how could there possibly be? Thanks to anyone who has looked into this and can give some actual real realistic view of this.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation is increasing and spreading.

    • It's even in the lightning:

      Thunderstorms contain ‘dark lightning,’ invisible pulses of powerful radiation

      "Dark lightning appears sometimes to compete with normal lightning as a way for thunderstorms to vent the electrical energy that gets pent up inside their roiling interiors, Dwyer says. Unlike with regular lightning, though, people struck by dark lightning, most likely while flying in an airplane, would not get hurt. But according to Dwyer’s calculations, they might receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation — the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body.

      The only way to determine whether an airplane had been struck by dark lightning, Dwyer says, “would be to use a radiation detector. Right in the middle of [a flash], a very brief bluish-purple glow around the plane might be perceptible. Inside an aircraft, a passenger would probably not be able to feel or hear much of anything, but the radiation dose could be significant.”

      • We Not They Finally

        Even the explanation is frightening and bizarre. Radiation is CUMULATIVE. So there is NO "maximum safe lifetime dosage." There is just a sudden huge dose ON TOP OF the rest of everything else. Who needs an Anti-Christ. This stuff will destroy us all from within.


    Japan won't let the international community experts be involved. Then the international community should refuse any trades with Japan. Money talks.

    • Not so fast:

      National debt of the United States

      "As of January 2013, $5.6 trillion or approximately 47% of the debt held by the public was owned by foreign investors, the largest of which were the People's Republic of China and Japan at just over $1.1 trillion each."

      • We Not They Finally

        That's VERY interestng if Japan holds as much U.S. debt as China. Didn't know that. Is it never mentioned just for POLITICAL reasons? Like they are supposed to be our "ally," but China not? (On the other hand, "With friends like these….")

      • jec jec

        Want to bet this 'holding of US dollars by Japan" is the reason Hillary gave an open door to trade with Japan post 311? Might have been a bit of blackmail going on you think? Could explain a lot..

        • We Not They Finally

          That's actually very interesting. Also that the Japan situation has NOT sent the market sailing DOWN. Even though Japan itself, the land, is worth progressively less and less, and what they export is poison. It's surreal. Like, "Oh, by the way, your trading partner has the bubonic plague," and you answer, "Oh, that's nice. When were their products shipped out to us?" Business as usual.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      What a great idea! Thanks for posting. I would not buy a car made in Japan after 2010 or anything else if I knew that was the source. Major boycotts work!

  • nedlifromvermont

    Japan is no longer in control at Fukushima …

    This has become a Yakuza racket. "Give us all your money and we'll spray a little foam, run a few pumps, swing a few cranes and watch you all dance to our deadly radiation."

    Yakuza crime syndicate don't need no GE to send replacement parts …

    Yakuza crime syndicate rules the present and future of planet Earth, due to short-sighted decisions taken in GE and other American Corporate Board rooms;

    Yakuza crime syndicate don't care if you get cancer;

    Yakuza crime syndicate don't owe you Yankee hicks nothin' …

    peace …

  • jec jec Al Capone in the Depression USA days.

  • japan guinea pig

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    This appeared in this mornings "Japan News"(formaly The Yomiuri Shimbun ) commomnly known as The Gomi-uri Shit-bum.(Gomi is a Japanese word meaning Garbage) !!
    Official: Fukushima N-accident unresolved
    April 9, 2013
    [Jiji Press]

    The Fukushima nuclear accident has not yet been resolved, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, former chairman of the committee appointed by the Diet to investigate the March 2011 disaster, said Monday.

    "We are unable to see what is going on with melted nuclear fuel, the concrete of reactor containers and injected cooling water," Kurokawa, also former president of the Science Council of Japan, said at a meeting of a House of Representatives panel discussing nuclear power problems.

    The lower house session came as the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Co., has recently seen a series of problems, including the halting of a cooling system for spent nuclear fuel following the shorting out of a temporary power panel by a mouse, and leaks of radioactive water from an underground storage site.

  • I have posted links before to Wikipedia. Cooling water is being recirculated and filtered for cesium. They now have highly radio active sludge to deal with from the filters. Theyare also pumping up highly radio active water from the basements of the ruined blown out buildings which house the remains of the three melted out reactor cores. So the storage tanks might be housing water from a number of sources. It is so radio active they can't send a remote camera to even evaluate the situation. But I think they have a better idea then what they let on and are not to be trusted. The whole site is under tight security with no foreign help so no way of knowing true status. Probably more dire then what they say and USA gov wants to let sleeping dogs lie to protect their own nuclear interests. Discounting the certainty of Pacific pollution and airborn radiation releases, at the very least this is a poor business model as this plant is going to be a big money pit for more then a century. Mainstream business in USA are not lining up to invest in nuclear and future building plans cancelled. This is good news.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Why is it that we have to tune into RT (Russia Today)to get any kind of real fuku media coverage?

    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah, Thom Hartmann has programs with RT and he's great on that (and most every other) subject. And his daily radio show in the States is highly rated but not a word about Fukushima. So it's not that he doesn't know, and not that he doesn't care. It's like a tacit ban on saying anything. Actually a bit strange.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Do you really need to ask? US Government is lackey to fascist military/industrial (read nuclear power) interlocking industrial boards and hostage to pro-nuclear weapons and power zealots who make Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove look positively rational … almost like Kathy Lee Gifford … or Hoda …

      peace …

  • fill er up

    i want to know what japan did to cause their earthquake, way too much drilling way too deep into the planet. this was no "accident" no natural disaster.shame shame on the mad scientists and god help us "lab rats"

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    The water in the tanks is a drop in the bucket, compared to the thousands of tons of ground water that pass the downward path of the corium every day. On its way to the Pacific Ocean.

    Take a look at Japan on this sea surface temperature anomaly map:

    The US will lose Hawaii as a viable state. Pacific Seafood Fishery Industry in decline. The tanks may be leaking, but they know that the location of the corium is the real story. In Fukushima, the "real story" must remain well hidden.

  • mungo mungo

    ] TEPCO is reporting that the silt fence at the plant that has also been serving to keep highly radioactive fish from leaving the port has failed. TEPCO cites that they won’t be able to repair it until the weather improves.

    • amberlight amberlight

      Presenting the Fukushima Follies: Safety and maintenance dependent upon weather conditions and a silt fence; brought to you by the same folks who used diapers and newspapers to plug radiation leaks, AKA Larry, Moe and Curly.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Twilight Zone theme music, playing softly in the background, ratchets up the volume!!!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    It looks like they have covered every square inch of the place with LEAKING radioactive water tanks.