Bloomberg: ‘Highly radioactive’ leak at Fukushima Unit 3 — NHK: Melted fuel coolant thought to be flowing from containment vessel for ‘unknown reason’ — 24 Million Bq/liter of strontium, other beta emitters (VIDEO)

Published: January 20th, 2014 at 6:12 am ET


Bloomberg, Jan. 20, 2014: Highly radioactive water was detected inside the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, Tepco said in yesterday’s statement. […] The latest leak threatens to undermine efforts by the company to distance itself from the March 2011 disaster […] Beta radiation levels of 24 million becquerels per liter were detected in the water from the first floor of the reactor building, the company said. The utility in December detected beta radiation levels of 57 million becquerels per liter in water beneath the same unit, [a Tepco spokesman] said. […] Ending radioactive water leaks along with groundwater and ocean contamination at the Fukushima plant may take more than five years, according to a report released by a government advisory body in December.

Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 20, 2014: Radiation levels indicate the leak discovered within the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant involves water used to cool melted nuclear fuel, [TEPCO] said Jan. 19. “The leaked water is highly likely to have come from the water that was already used to cool fuel rods, and not from leaked rainwater or cooling water (on its way to the reactor),” a TEPCO official said. […] The water sample contained 2.4 million becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium, while the reading for substances emitting beta rays, including strontium, reached 24 million becquerels per liter. […]

NHK, Jan. 19, 2014: [TEPCO] says water leaking in the number 3 reactor building is most likely to have come from the containment vessel […] temperature is approximately 20 degrees Celsius [like] the water at the bottom of the reactor. TEPCO officials suspect the water for cooling melted fuel in the containment vessel is leaking for some unknown reason. They say they will continue their investigation to understand the condition of the melted fuel, as well as that of the containment vessel in their effort to find out how and where the water is leaking.

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Published: January 20th, 2014 at 6:12 am ET


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72 comments to Bloomberg: ‘Highly radioactive’ leak at Fukushima Unit 3 — NHK: Melted fuel coolant thought to be flowing from containment vessel for ‘unknown reason’ — 24 Million Bq/liter of strontium, other beta emitters (VIDEO)

  • Ontological Ontological

    Looks like the ground water pressure underground has sprung forth from following the corium vent formed as they worked down. Bright side, what is doing this did not aerosolize. Taken with a grain of salt in this case makes Bucky balls. I figure they already knew this from May 2011. This be the news after the screws.

    • hbjon hbjon

      @Ontological, these are some of the questions I've been agonizing with too. If the aerosolizing phenomena occurs with irradiated nuclear fuels, then the complex would have zero steam emissions and the entire inventory would have been blasted into the air.

      So, there seems to be a qualifier that must be met to enable the aerosolizing event. Could it be that only active cores will aerosolize their contents with SFP cores doing a relatively slow burn into the earth? There is some evidence that suggests this.

      The corium wants to blend with other materials such as boron, zirconium, carbon, and others until it rises to extreme temperatures, then it seems to have a "flash fission" event, sending material at a high rate of speed through an opening in the outer crust.

      These opening may be less than an inch wide. Some may be bigger, but the "out" component won't travel far and will be consumed by the expanding China Syndrome in time.

      The result will be a growing mass of hot material that will decrease in density. Unfortunately, if the bright side is a China Syndrome, there will be much more fuel localized in a smaller region, but not able to manifest its full potential right away in terms of energy production.

  • mungo mungo

    How do they dispose this?

  • Wooster

    Finally, the truth starts to be revealed.

    How many tonnes of water per day is a stream one foot wide and flowing that fast going to release into the environment? Anyone care to hazard a guess?

    • usagi usagi

      I got 1.6 GBq / day. Not sure if the initial assumptions of stream depth and flow rate were correct, however. That's assuming 700 liters of water per day from that source and 2.4 MBq/l, per the article.

      • usagi usagi

        I made some wrong assumptions with this. My wrong assumptions about the speed of flow means I'm off by over two metric prefixes of magnitude. See RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS's post below for a better estimate.

      • loneranger loneranger

        and bear in mind this is just ONE leak, the latest discovery out of many, and TESCO aint fessing up TO HOW MANY LEAKS THERE ARE AND JUST HOW BAD THEY ARE.

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    The big guns are out now doing the reporting , seeing how bloomburg is hand hand hand with Wall Street . Let the games begin.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      Damage control or the plans to monetize the situation are now in place. I wonder who owns the ranches in South America people are flocking to? Seems to me the prices for such land are already very very steep considering location and past valuation.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Of course it was in contact with something hot.
    Water was 20c while ambient temp was 7c

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Truth Proofreading
    "the cause of another leak"
    Should say, [one of the many ongoing leaks]

    "site of the world’s worst atomic accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster"
    Should just put a period after "accident" and delete "since the 1986…"

    "The contaminated water likely hasn’t escaped outside the building."
    Insert this sentence afterward, [Acres of emergency tanks built on site at the nuclear disaster site to hold contaminated water and high readings of radiation in the ocean contradict the claims by the TEPCO spokesperson.]

    Replace this paragraph,
    "The latest leak threatens to undermine efforts by the company to distance itself from the March 2011 disaster as it attempts to chart a path toward growth. Tokyo-based Tepco last week released a turnaround plan calling for investments in upstream energy projects and overseas electricity businesses."
    With this paragraph,
    "The recent identification of one of the many leaks lets investors worldwide understand the risks of investing in nuclear energy as accidents occur company's responsible cannot distance themselves from the damage they have caused. Tokyo-based TEPCO last week released an escape plan to try and save their shareholders from further financial loses which involves moving their money out of Japan into other investments and leaving the Japanese people to pay for the decades of trying to contain the radiation.]

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      "The latest leak may have come from…"
      Change to "All the sources of radioactive water from the reactor buildings are yet to be identified this one source…may have come from"

      Insert the word optimistic,
      "may take more than five years, according to a report released by a [an overly optimistic] government advisory body"

      Add this final sentence,
      [A comparable accident to this does not exist. The Chernobyl accident did not have the problem of trying to contain continuous sources of water flowing into the site and becoming radioactive. An international effort to prevent the ongoing contamination of the ocean has been called for by environmentalists who do not believe that TEPCO alone can solve the problem.]

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        "since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster"
        Because they know there will be more.

        • weegokiburi weegokiburi

          Nice grammar point.
          Totally reveals their thinking.

        • usagi usagi

          There is certainly enough radiological contamination potential in the global installed base of nuclear power plants to trigger an Extinctin Level Event.

          Key questions: How many more meltdowns will it take to reach an ELE? Will the current and ongoing releases from Fukushima take us over that threshold?

          • loneranger loneranger


    • bo bo

      Amazing breakdown, thank you – going to print this one out as an exercise sheet. If people learn about each little manipulation in articles they read, they might actually finally realize it is serious.

      Everybody still thinks 'well… the sky didn't fall after chernobyl… so…'

      • +1

        Word magicians.

        The way they manipulate words it's like the catastrophe simply disappears. 😉

        I wish that were true.

        IMO – We should start the Nuclear Power decommission process by making it mandatory to shut down all reactors next to large bodies of water immediately!

        It's one thing to learn from a 'so called' mistake, it's another to keep repeating it.

        • Shaker1

          Words always have a complement which is those to whom those words are spoken. I sometimes think that all of us, to some extent or another, are inarticulate. I've seen brilliant ideas ignored because of deficiency of the complement, not the lack of communication power of the speaker, and the opposite is also true, terrible ideas brought forth by assumptions of the complement. I sometimes think that the power of poetry is the ability for us to suspend our normal method of interpretation.

          Words, Poems, You, Me

          by themselves
          disjointed, out of place
          until I,
          in lines so sweet,
          placement so pointed,
          bring me to the heights,
          build my fire upon the mountain,
          pour every last bit of me
          upon that fire,
          watch the flames, ever higher.

          I dance upon the pinnacle
          of the highest flickering flame
          and pronounce my feelings:
          how I wish things to be.
          Believe my perceptions,
          you’ll know what it is to burn.

          Without such
          there are no poems.
          There is no love
          or its object.

          Do you understand?
          Do you see that I am?

        • All commercial power reactors are next to (or, in some cases IN) large bodies of water. They have to be, because using fission to boil water is some truly huge overkill. There are plants on the oceans, plants on/in important rivers, plants on the Great Lakes, plants on artificial lakes.

          IOW, all commercial power reactors are unacceptably dangerous to life. Must be shut down asap, no more built. Ever.

    • zogerke zogerke

      @ enoughalready45, great post.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Yikes! Based on the Olympic pool amounts covered in other article replies the 202 Olympic pools released so far at those 24 million bq/L readings x 2.5 million liters, come to 6.E+13 per Olympic pool x 202.8 = 1.212E+ 16 bq total minimum in the sea by 3- 11- 14 we wait too long were all in deep very deep Bucky ball soup, from soaring heights of the atmosphere down to fathomless depths of the Oceans of Earth. From ONE accident. Opps! The other 500 odd nukes can all have even more dire world wide effect EACH! They all have 4 to 6 reactors. And all that fuel. Stop. Just stop bullshitting the people, over the divine safety, these evil things DO NOT HAVE! And clean this stuff up. Burying all this stupidity (fuel, junk, etc.) in a cat box in Mercury Nevada, makes certain this Schrodinger's cat dies. The key lies in SAFELY adding pink to the rainbow of an icy Sun dog, then the Cat lives. The pink radiance of the cesium 137 is as glorious, as it is deadly. Fight fire with fire, make it change nasty atomic mass to nice, the glory remains immune safe for all to see. The Sun can arise one day with a new healing. Reveal the secretes Tesla learned from pink beryllium. From a distance the universe is a crystalline sphere of magical energy.
    QED the key in Gaza how light works in a crystal sphere when a beam of bright white light is shined from above. Refraction spectra on top, eyes @90 degrees be the lock.

    • GQR2

      Hi Ontological, always always enjoy your posts good morning
      It crossed my mind more than once, The TPTB are hiding more than the facts of this disaster, they have hidden so much, perhaps to the knowledge of our electrical magic being.

      All the sacred geometria as it applies to humankind. We are wondrous creatures, beings of fruquency.
      Any body that could justify, lie about, obfuscate and then push it into the whole wide world to make weapons, make weapons, thats their reason for loving nuclear. Well these people, these merchants of death profit from such TOXIC LETHAL kill ya dead materials…. is …
      well its hard to find words as to what this homicidal nature is,
      They place themselves above others.

      Its beyond idiotic. They film that leak, which someone pointed out has a current, and say – we will try to figure it all out. err ok. dee di deee. Then our gov. agencies, the academics, the health people all throw up their hands and say. Nobody is testing. That is a lie. They are testing like crazy and not reporting. Like during early days of AIDS we have to set up our own Networks for RAIDs. Monitor and test. Report. is what i am thinking.

      • GQR2

        It would be an amusing if not slightly "alerting" the professors new word. It would be an exercise in Newser fun?
        create Gasser Style. Maybe Gasser could do it. There are a lot of super creative people around here.
        Do the alert levels one thru seven as it applies to how "alerted" people ought to be about this on-going earth,life changing event a slow motion ELE in laymans terms.

      • Ontological Ontological

        Agreed, sometimes making fun of horrible, brings understanding about into a much more comfortable light.

    • zogerke zogerke

      @ontological, want to put that in simpler language so some of us can follow your meaning? i get your energy and intent but don't understand your post.

      • American Phoenix57

        Zogerke, its called a delirious rant. I lost him after "burying all this stupidity". . . but I can relate with his stream of consciousness style. If I'm not mistaken he pulled an all nighter posting round the clock. He's a trooper. Could probably use some shut eye.

        • Ontological Ontological

          Sleep is very painful for me. I am a skull cancer survivor. 2 years of hell. Still alive. And the cat box thing is a Nevada joke where they plan to burry 400 casks of HOT stuff at the test site. The trucks will go on the roads everyone else uses.

    • Ontological Ontological

      The lines are pointing out a tiny spectral dot that will appear at the top of a crystal sphere when a bright light is shone down from directly above. The light refracts/reflects from within, and the insides of the sphere. The tiny spectra occurs where the light from the above beam meets the bent refracted, and reflected light together, to form a spectra of both the refraction of the light above with the focus of the sphere to make a duel rainbow centered red to red. The white light in the center become a spectral line of pink, A color debated to even exist at all.
      The lines are pointing out a tiny spectral dot that will appear at the top of a crystal sphere when a bright light is shone down from directly above. The light refracts/reflects from within, and the insides of the sphere. The tiny spectra occurs where the light from the above beam meets the bent refracted, and reflected light together, to form a spectra of both the refraction of the light above with the focus of the sphere to make a duel rainbow red to red. The white light in the center becomes a spectral line of pink, a color debated to even exist at all. This example only shows that Sir Newton observed. If he had used one as inverse spectra, he would have observed a true pink spectral emission. This will be debated, same as cold fusion. Use a ring holder for the crystal ball, and a bright incandescent flashlight overhead.


    A hole is approximately equal to a pipe for estimation purposes. Assuming the hole is round, a 1 foot diameter hole will, depending on factors > {Elevation (angle of fall or drop) and Pressure (varies with altitude, greatest at sea level)} then a 1 foot diameter pipe will have a flow of water from 350 to 4000 gallons pass through it assuming sea level pressure and 1 to 5 degree drop.
    So a reasonable approximation for the amount of water pouring out of this hole is around 750-1000 gallons per minute.
    If the hole is square then it will be from 1000-1300 gallons per minute.
    That's a lot of water.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Inept is the human mind in its fancy for supremeness.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Im confused as to why Bloomberg and NHK refer to unit 3 while Asashi Shinbun refers to unit 1. (Tepco also seem to believe unit 3 but they might be fudging)
    It says a lot when a major newspaper can't even get which unit right.
    They are certainly keeping a close eye on the situation here.

  • The Swiss Embassy document linked by Enenews begins with more propaganda:

    "Even though the situation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear
    power plant remains uncertain and many years of cleaning up still lie ahead with a major impact on Japan’s economy and the Tohoku population, the frequently reported water leaks do not seem to be the main concern as radiation measurements show: The influence of
    contaminated water is limited within the port of the NPP, an area smaller than 0.3 km2." [end]

    That last bit is kilometers squared.

    Notice how it states that the contaminated water 'do not seem to be the main concern' because the contaminated water is limited to the port! That is absurd.

  • jackassrig I got this link off Study of the pacific pollution.

  • Kahlest Kahlest

    I am glad to see Bloomberg getting involved now. The main reason I think governments around the world have been silent or minimizing the dangers is the fears of mass world wide panic, and world stock markets crashing. If everyone knew the truth it would be utter mayhem.

    • artika rama

      kahlest The goevernments are not about finding the truth or protecting the citizens but about preventing the panic IMO .

  • Jack Jack

    Isn't it amusing how the Japanese continue to deny the existence of the hydrologic cycle.

  • cooterboy

    Found this link that the Canadian Govt. researchers have posted.


    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      That study's models and projections assume that the radiation releases have ended, and the dispersion effect will thereby reduce the dangers. That is not the case, as we know, because the contamination can't be stopped any time in the foreseeable future. In fact, there is potentially much greater damage in store than what already has occurred.

      The "Overview" reveals the motive and condescending tone of this report in the last sentence: "Fact is: radioactivity frightens people, almost always disproportionately to the actual threat: gouvernment must recognise this and provide sound, science based knowledge (and wisdom?) on human and environmental risks."

      In WHOSE judgment is people's fear of radioactivity "disproportionate to the actual threat"? …especially when the ACTUAL threat is far greater than anything the world has ever witnessed! That statement only undermines the credibility of these scientists, in my view.

      • GQR2

        ack! accidently reported your comment HD sorry.

        was trying to say, i agree and that is why i don't trust models based on the algorithms. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

  • pkjn

    Radioactive water leaking at Fukushima
    Jan. 19, 2014 NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
    Tokyo Electric discovered the water flow on the 1st floor of the number 3 reactor building on Saturday.
    The stream is about 30 centimeters wide and continuously pours into a drain.

    An investigation showed the water contains nearly as high a level of radioactive materials as the contaminated water accumulating in the number 3 reactor building's basement.
    Tokyo Electric detected 24 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, as well as 1.7 million becquerels per liter of Cesium 137.

    Tokyo Electric suspects the water for cooling melted fuel in the containment vessel is leaking for some unknown reason.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    CHECK TOKYO, and beyond . . . radiation levels decreasing or increasing?

  • harengus_acidophilus

    What a nice detail …

    If you look at the picture, the hand with
    the pointing finger hides the devastated core.

    It's a metaphor for every "news" …


  • Styxhexenhammer666 Styxhexenhammer666

    There was a nuke plant in Japan
    It blew up like hot oil in a pan
    Civilians they died
    TEPCO they lied
    And ran off with the cash in their hands

  • zogerke zogerke

    Nuke plants in Japan's Fukushimah
    Worse off than the South after FEMA
    bad precipitation
    tracked with NET-C stations
    Your moving down to Argentina?

  • WesternKyMan

    This whole situation reminds me of a video that circulated around a couple of years ago. It was from a circus. Which is exactly what this situation has become… a circus. The star of this circus is Tepco. Tepco is a monkey that has been trained to ride a bicycle around a track and they do it very well. All the unknowns at Fukushima, (water leaks, spent fuel pools, ground water saturation, etc.) is a bear. Now that bear is riding a bicycle around the track just like the monkey and everybody is going ooooh and aaaah at the spectacle. The monkey comes around a turn and crashes (another serious earthquake, fuel rods become exposed and start to fission, etc.) this causes the bear behind it to crash as well. The bear then starts eating the monkey.

    If it weren't so damn real it would almost be comical.

    I know it sounds cruel to say, but when I saw that video and the bear crashes and grabs the monkey in its mouth, and the reaction of the people who start screaming….. I laughed til I almost puked.

  • maybesomeday

    I see duct tape! The video shows water flowing into the drain just as described. OK. Now check the duct tape. It looks new, and it seems pretty unlikely the robot placed it there. And I doubt the robot used a magic marker to write the letters G.E. on the tape. If only the reactors were as durable as the tape and ink. Please, correct me if I'm wrong here.

  • Angela_R

    The statistics on water usage that could blow your mind
    Also some details on leakage and pollution:

  • Nick

    So, let me get this straight, Fukushima is worse than even I imagined?

    I thought i had a handle on it.


    (nor does anyone else)

    • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

      No, but it's apparently worse than the NYT imagined. Or was willing to report until now. "Uh, hello? Mr. Gunderson? About that interview…"

    • artika rama

      nick I think fukushima is going to get much worse ,, i just cant believe tepco is going to remove the fuel rods,, i dont think they can ,, and eventually a major earthquake will hit the site again and all fuel will burn in open air ,, thats 10 times worse than what we have now ,,
      thats my biggest worry ,,