BBC: Water crisis at Fukushima has only just begun — “Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer” — It’s rapidly being overwhelmed deep beneath ground (VIDEO)

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 3:14 pm ET


Title: Fukushima radioactive water leak an ’emergency’
Source: BBC News
Date: August 6, 2013

Transcript Excerpts

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC News, Tokyo: […] Engineers are now facing a new emergency. The Fukushima plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer. Deep beneath the ground, the site is rapidly being overwhelmed by water. […]

It’s now so high, the water will soon reach the surface. Then it will start flowing over-ground into the sea. […]

Even if the government does step in, it’s not clear what it could do. The only other solution is to pump out the contaminated groundwater and put it in storage tanks. […] Most of them are already filled up.

At least 400 tons of new water pours into the site every day. It’s going to continue for years and years.

Fukushima’s water crisis has only just begun.

Watch the broadcast here

Published: August 6th, 2013 at 3:14 pm ET


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36 comments to BBC: Water crisis at Fukushima has only just begun — “Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer” — It’s rapidly being overwhelmed deep beneath ground (VIDEO)

  • norbu norbu

    In the middle of a aquifer? Soon to go boom?

  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    core has perhaps sealed the floor (to be cooked)
    so that water can not seep, like the last 2 years ……

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Also the ground is sinking. corium?
    Could it be the heat of the corium actually drawing groundwater?

  • larry-andrew-nils


    will the radiation particles evaporate, or will they stay in the ocean?

    i realize that some will be sucked out by tornadoes and dumped on land, and that the ocean is going to be deadened… but does the radiation stay in the ocean when water evaporation occurs?

    • larry-andrew-nils

      i also know that storms pick up the water and spray it onto the land, but … say i'm in the mountains… can radiation reach me from the sea?

      • Lion76 Lion76

        particles can wash up on the beach, then small enough ones can get airborne after drying out, etc.

    • Lacsap Lacsap

      Water vaporizes with the radiation in it.

      • Lacsap, No it doesn't. Unless you're talking about heavy water which is a compound of oxygen and tritium, which can evaporate. Contaminated water is more likely to be normal water with microscopic particles of heavy metals suspended in it. When the water evaporates, it's like a still. The contaminants are left behind. However, it's true the metals might get washed up and left on the beach.

        • True, but I remember an old article on plutonium discharges which I found on the LLRC website, which said amongst a lot of other facts:
          10 Plutonium discharged to the sea gets resuspended and blown back onto land thus causing build-up in silt and mud along the shoreline especially at the high tide line;some of this in turn gets resuspended and blown further inland.

          I quote plutonium,because it's the article I recall.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The original earthquake also caused damage to the aquifer…

    Video: Quake shifted Fukushima underground water and pushed it to surface all at once — Still gushing out 18 months later
    March 9 2013

    With this type fracturing ..the water is coming from everywhere.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "At least 400 tons of new water pours into the site every day. It’s going to continue for years and years."
    TEPCO's idea (a good one, IMO) is to intercept the incoming 400 tonnes of groundwater that flows into the site every day before it passes any corium or corium lava tubes. 100 tonnes of this groundwater will be pumped out of the ground every day, tested for contamination, and pumped right into the Ocean.

    Another point. If you look at the cross section of the geology of Fukushima NPP, you will see that they excavated a cliff that existed before the plant was built ( ?google Fukushima Geology). They built channels under and through the plant to handle the streams and ground water. Still, the ground water comes up almost to the Torus Basement floor level of the reactor buildings. If the groundwater is not constantly pumped out, the basements fill with water.

  • 4GaugePA

    hmmm by my math 400 tons = 800,000lbs divided by 8 lbs for a gallon (roughly) = 100,000 gallons of water everyday…….7.48 gallons per cubic foot of water = 13,369 cubic feet = tank with the outer dimensions of 25ftx25ftx25ft = height, width, depth that's really not a big tank/a lot of water.

    • 4GaugePA

      but that's DAILY!

    • 4GaugePA

      THE TANK FOR A YEAR = 9,125FT X 9,125FT X 9,125FT 25 X 25 X 25 MULTIPLIED BY 365 DAYS…..NOW THAT'S A BIG F ING TANK.

      • Bhamiron

        I checked your calculation for your hypothetical 365 day tank.

        as in cube root of 25 X 25 X 25 X 365

        Your 365 day tank would actually be more like 180 feet per side.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Jeeze oh Pete, people!
      Get this simple fact: INTERCEPT groundwater uphill from the plant ruins.
      BEFORE itis contaminated.
      Pump this water out of the ground, test it, and pump it into the ocean.
      Sorry to yell, but some people are misunderstandingt he TEPCO plan for groundwater.
      It just ain't that complicated, folks. 😉

      • BirdOfTheFeather BirdOfTheFeather

        “Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer”
        Well ,, I guess we know where the melted cores are now

      • mairs mairs

        Don't they have to keep pouring water into the containment vessels and spent fuel pools?

      • 4GaugePA

        nonono I understand that there "plan" is to intercept which would mean no tanks…..but what they are currently doing is running a storage facility….hence yes tanks…as of now.

      • 4GaugePA

        and we all know how well the tanks work….hanford ring any bells. lmfao which is better dumping into ocean or storage tanks???? interception is a great idea but it might be a day late and a dollar short. 🙁

  • jackassrig

    And all those tanks doing a kabuki dance everytime there is an earthquake.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Which spent fuel pool is leaking? I'm assuming it's Reactor 3 as it was "steaming" or it could be any or all of them but I just heard about one of them leaking but they didn't clarify which one as if it matters at this juncture. Just curious as I've been following this since day one as so many here on Enenews. I never thought I would live to see such a global disaster plus all the other issues now putting our planet at risk. I think a lot about all the children and of course my own….no words unreal.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The hideous nuclear power is ruining the earth, with everyone waiting to get cancer. And all for nothing.

  • ftlt

    2 1/2 years later we get this…

    Is there anything to be done???

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    its like an artesian well. Instead of Fiji water, you could buy Fuku water. Naturally brought to the surface by steam pressure. Bulk discounts. I know people with lost thyroids from Chernobyl and I know dead people from cancer. But look how life is continuing even though there are exclusion and dead zones. This is the future until a tipping point is reached. Its the question; how to respond to this? Economies keep going under the most gruesome of circumstance, its amazing really

    • Teddi Teddi

      Where is the eco left ?

      Where is the UN ?

      Where is the IAEA ?

      Where is the EPA ?

      Where is "eco friendly" Obama ?

      Where are all the leftist eco organizations that have taken hundreds of millions in contributions to "save the planet" [mainly from a bogus AGW] now ????

      Where are these entities when we have a real disaster ??

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Teddi, both right and left are corrupted by money and strange ideology. Is an engineering team divided into left and right? Solving eco disasters, being good "stewards" or figuring out ethical financial systems requires the best of thought, not right/left rhetoric. Why get hung up on left right? Both put man above nature….how goofy

  • dosdos dosdos

    And still all the media outlets reference to Chernobyl being worse than Fukushima…..

    Build a dam in front of a river and what do you get? A lake. What were they expecting?

    50 meters deep, water growing. adding weight pressure to the structure so that it swells and crumbles into radioactive mud. Yes, the reactors could well topple and sink. #4 has already done it to some degree. Just wait…..

    Yeah, Chernobyl is worse than Fukushima…. idiots!

  • blimey the BBC giving it the "drip drip" of daichi.!!

    water has been continually flowing into the sea since the disaster.. they have been getting what they can and storing it but when they blocked the seabound exit to the aquifer they can not pump it up wuick enough to stop it overflowing.

    so that is possible evidence that more water was being discharged into the sea than they were storing.

    as the aquifer flow has been slowed the levels of radioactivity are building up as the stored water increases.

    the foundations at daichi have been undermined by the blocking of the water into the sea.. Daichi is sitting on a water bed.. brilliant! and did the IAEA and UNSCER bother to tell anyone???

    what of the residents that live near the Daichi bouncy castle?
    what of future earthquakes affecting the ground under the reactors/spent fuel pools?
    why is the international nuclear industry playing the drip drip game with the news..
    Alternative blogs such as enenews have been discussing the nature of the ground in that part of the world.. the japanese were aware of the aquifer in the 1970`s when they had to stop using the aquifers for industrial use because of subsidence issues..
    it was discussed here on enenews and here is a pdf from earlier enenews research describing the subsudence at 2 cm per year approx and about half way down you will see a map showing where the subsidence is.. and there is a patch near Daichi..

  • i dont feel i slagged of the bbc enough there..

    the bbc couldnt find a pdf on a japanese government website because there mates at mi5 said to go to the science media centre of the UK who formed a Japnaese science media center (now unused)

    think of the science media centers of australia and japan and centre in the UK as a propaganda department of the science baddies.. people like barbara judge and friends

    Fukushima – Science Media Centres and their part in corrupting truth. 福島-科学Mediaセンターとその腐敗してしまった真実について

    handily translated into japanese for extra effect..

    its all a con
    the uk science media center is still up and running.. 🙁

  • AntonButler

    TEPCO man states,
    "We understand that this water discharge is beyond our control"
    "and we do not think the current situation is good".
    Outside experts state
    " TEPCO is incapable of handling the clean up of Fukushima,
    it is time for the Japanes government to step in".

    Fukushimas water crisis has only just BEGUN.
    Thanks for the BBC report, need more.

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Now we know how & why all that radiation is racing out of these reactors. You just could not get that much rain and force to push it out, and it's all racing towards the US West Coast & Hawaiian Islands.

    As a Master Inspector of Commercial Structures, I can safely say,"It is not if these reactor buildings will collapse, it is how soon!" You can't have millions of pounds of weight on the 6th-10th floor fuel pools needing strong support, build with loose fill, 2-Earthquake fault zones underneath it shaking it every day, with 3-Lava cores eating a big hole underneath them, and now an aquifer, along with torrential rains, and expect any building, anywhere to last. Oh, it just gets better, what about the missing Tsunami wall, they did throw out a few sand bags to replace it.