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Bloomberg: Japan gov’t needs to understand crisis at Fukushima is a matter of life and death — ABC Interview: “They are slowly killing us… They know full well it’s leaking, but they’ve done nothing” (AUDIO)

The World Today (ABC Australia), August 29, 2013: This latest demonstration was held [outside the company's Tokyo headquarters] in response to TEPCO’s confession that 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima, and that no-one noticed for a month. “They are slowly killing us,” says this man. “That’s . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: Japan gov’t needs to understand crisis at Fukushima is a matter of life and death — ABC Interview: “They are slowly killing us… They know full well it’s leaking, but they’ve done nothing” (AUDIO)

UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material — Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014… may already be surrounded (PHOTO)

UPI, Aug. 28, 2013: Fukushima radioactive plume being tracked toward U.S. West Coast [...] The radioactive plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will reach U.S. shores within 3 years of the date of the incident, Australian researchers say. [...] “Observers on the West Coast of the United States will be able to see . . . → Read More: UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material — Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014… may already be surrounded (PHOTO)

Underground water just 4 inches from surface by Fukushima reactor — AP: Groundwater closer to surface than Tepco told officials investigating tank leak

Associated Press, August 28, 2013: On Wednesday, regulatory officials said [...] underground water is shallower around the tank than the company initially told regulators.

Water level of the groundwater observation holes up to August 27, 2013; Hole No. 1-4  is located between No. 2 reactor and Pacific Ocean, map available on second page of . . . → Read More: Underground water just 4 inches from surface by Fukushima reactor — AP: Groundwater closer to surface than Tepco told officials investigating tank leak

Popular Mechanics: Contaminated water threatens to swamp Fukushima site as it rises to surface — Radioactive liquid will continue entering ocean despite attempts to block it

Title: Just How Dangerous Are the Fukushima Leaks? Source: Popular Mechanics Author: Andrew Karam Date: August 27, 2013

‘Radiation safety expert’ Andrew Karam

The great earthquake that caused the tsunami also rattled the reactor plants [...] The shock opened up seams in the reactors and water drained from the cores. [...]

The headlines are . . . → Read More: Popular Mechanics: Contaminated water threatens to swamp Fukushima site as it rises to surface — Radioactive liquid will continue entering ocean despite attempts to block it

“Big Problem”: Cracked floors in Fukushima reactors leaking into groundwater that’s rising and rising and rising due to Tepco wall — “Can no longer be stopped from getting in ocean” — “Worse than that… buildings now on mushy land” (AUDIO)

Title: Breaking News: Entergy pulling the plug on Vermont Yankee Source: Fairewinds Energy Education Host: Nathaniel White-Joyal Date: Aug 27, 2013

At 11:30 in

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: The big problem is the nuclear reactors themselves have cracked floors. The buildings in those reactor buildings have cracked floors. And groundwater is getting into . . . → Read More: “Big Problem”: Cracked floors in Fukushima reactors leaking into groundwater that’s rising and rising and rising due to Tepco wall — “Can no longer be stopped from getting in ocean” — “Worse than that… buildings now on mushy land” (AUDIO)

Newspaper: Nations across Pacific are fearing impact from Fukushima — Many expecting cancer will increase in Pacific Rim — Japan exporting their environmental problem to the ocean

Title: Three-eyed fish for dinner kids Source: New Zealand Herald Author: Sam Judd, Columnisst Date: Aug. 28, 2013

[...] we may end up with tainted seafood because of ill-prepared and poorly managed efforts in Japan.

[...] the crisis is being compared to Chernobyl, but the fact that Fukushima is right on the water means . . . → Read More: Newspaper: Nations across Pacific are fearing impact from Fukushima — Many expecting cancer will increase in Pacific Rim — Japan exporting their environmental problem to the ocean

Gundersen: Radioactive plume to impact West Coast in a year — Not going away after it hits… likely to only get stronger — Fukushima will keep releasing contamination for years to come — Must demand officials test fish and make data public (AUDIO)

Title: Breaking News: Entergy pulling the plug on Vermont Yankee Source: Fairewinds Energy Education Host: Nathaniel White-Joyal Date: Aug 27, 2013

At 17:00 in

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: For the people in Japan and people on the West Coast there is a wedge of radioactivity working its way across the Pacific — called . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Radioactive plume to impact West Coast in a year — Not going away after it hits… likely to only get stronger — Fukushima will keep releasing contamination for years to come — Must demand officials test fish and make data public (AUDIO)

Study: “Fuel materials” introduced to Pacific Ocean via drains of Fukushima plant resulting in potentially serious contamination of marine environment

Title: Isotopic determination of U, Pu and Cs in environmental waters following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident Source: Geochemical Journal Authors: SAKAGUCHI, et al. Date Published: 2012 (Annual)

Concentrations of the radionuclides, U, Pu, and Cs were measured in water samples (10–20 L) to study analyte dispersion and migration following the Fukushima . . . → Read More: Study: “Fuel materials” introduced to Pacific Ocean via drains of Fukushima plant resulting in potentially serious contamination of marine environment

Japan Professor compares cesium-137 releases from radiation disasters: Fukushima at up to 77 quadrillion Bq (77 PBq); Chernobyl at 85 quadrillion Bq (85 PBq) — Fukushima releases ongoing

Title: Cesium-137 dispersion and biological transfer in coastal waters off Fukushima Source: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and The Swedish Society for Radioecology (Seminar on Radioecological Studies after the Fukushima Accident) Author: Jota Kanda (Prof. Tokyo Oceanography Univ.) Date: Jan. 10, 2013

[Note: According to the Nuclear Energy Agency's 2002 assessment of the . . . → Read More: Japan Professor compares cesium-137 releases from radiation disasters: Fukushima at up to 77 quadrillion Bq (77 PBq); Chernobyl at 85 quadrillion Bq (85 PBq) — Fukushima releases ongoing

‘The Coming Fallout’: Experts now fear massive reservoir of Fukushima contamination about to reach Pacific Ocean — “Slow, seeping buildup of a second catastrophe” — Workers can’t say when or how they can stop flow

NHK WORLD, Aug, 26, 2013: [...] Workers are still unable to say when they will be able to stop the water from seeping into the ocean. In May, highly radioactive groundwater was detected in an observation well on the sea side of one of the reactor buildings. Levels of radioactive materials in nearby waters . . . → Read More: ‘The Coming Fallout’: Experts now fear massive reservoir of Fukushima contamination about to reach Pacific Ocean — “Slow, seeping buildup of a second catastrophe” — Workers can’t say when or how they can stop flow

Vermont Yankee closing permanently — Embattled nuclear plant will be decommissioned in 2014 when current fuel cycle ends — Had license to operate until 2032

Brattleboro Reformer: BREAKING: Entergy to close, decommission Vermont Yankee [...] Entergy Corporation, the owners of Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant in Vernon, on Tuesday morning announced plans to close and decommission the power station following its current fuel cycle. In a release Entergy stated the decision was “driven by sustained low power prices, high cost . . . → Read More: Vermont Yankee closing permanently — Embattled nuclear plant will be decommissioned in 2014 when current fuel cycle ends — Had license to operate until 2032

Nuclear experts concerned about water flow “reversing” due to Fukushima underground ice plan — Even more highly radioactive liquid inside reactor buildings to enter aquifer?

The Japan Times, Aug. 26, 2013: In its response to questions, the prime minister’s office said METI will pump more “liquid glass” or sodium silicate into the ground as one measure to block radioactive groundwater from spreading and reaching the sea. [...] Tepco has admitted that radioactive groundwater is flowing into the Pacific. The . . . → Read More: Nuclear experts concerned about water flow “reversing” due to Fukushima underground ice plan — Even more highly radioactive liquid inside reactor buildings to enter aquifer?

Warning that foundations of Fukushima reactor chambers have been “compromised” — Groundwater rising fast, now just 10 inches from surface

Title: Japanese government to take over Fukushima nuclear reactor Source: The Daily Telegraph (UK) Author: Julian Ryall, Tokyo Date: Aug. 26, 2013

Speaking after being shown around the site, [Toshimitsu Motegi, the minister of trade and industry] said, “The urgency of the situation is very high. From here on, the government will take charge.” . . . → Read More: Warning that foundations of Fukushima reactor chambers have been “compromised” — Groundwater rising fast, now just 10 inches from surface

Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

Title: Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle Source: Bloomberg Author: Yuriy Humber & Jacob Adelman Date: Aug 26, 2013 h/t RadChick

As Tepco pumps thousands of tons of water through the wrecked Fukushima station to cool the melted cores of three reactors, the tainted runoff was found to be leaking into groundwater . . . → Read More: Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

Japan Times: Extreme contamination in Fukushima reactor buildings ‘most likely’ mixing into aquifer, reveals Tepco — Bloomberg: Could this flow downstream to Tokyo and present a big risk? (VIDEO)

UPI, August 22, 2013: TEPCO said late Wednesday that radiation levels in groundwater are so high the most likely explanation is that radioactive water from the plant’s cooling system is leaking from the reactors into basements and mixing with water from local aquifers,The Japan Times reported.

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: An . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Extreme contamination in Fukushima reactor buildings ‘most likely’ mixing into aquifer, reveals Tepco — Bloomberg: Could this flow downstream to Tokyo and present a big risk? (VIDEO)

Water with nuclear fuel coming up from ocean floor off Fukushima coast? Tokyo Professor: 156 quadrillion Bq of Cs-137 once in basements — Double Chernobyl; Getting close to total fallout from every atomic bomb test in history — May be outputting from seeps in seafloor, I don’t know (VIDEO)

Title: Long-term Sources: To what extent are marine sediments, coastal groundwater, and rivers a source of ongoing contamination? Source: Science Symposium at University of Tokyo Date: Nov. 13, 2012

Professor Jota Kanda, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology:

In the basement of the reactor housings […] they used to have 156 petabecquerels of . . . → Read More: Water with nuclear fuel coming up from ocean floor off Fukushima coast? Tokyo Professor: 156 quadrillion Bq of Cs-137 once in basements — Double Chernobyl; Getting close to total fallout from every atomic bomb test in history — May be outputting from seeps in seafloor, I don’t know (VIDEO)

Nuclear Engineer: Estimated 276 quadrillion Bq of Cs-137 entered Fukushima basements — Triple Chernobyl total release — A portion “has already made its way to aquifer, whence it can easily flow into sea”

Title: The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 Authors: Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt Date Published: July 2013

Mr. [Toru] Ebisawa, who had served NAIIC as an expert reactor engineer, estimated the amount of radioactivity that had seeped into the water that fills the basement of the reactor buildings (Unit-1, -2 and -3, as of . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: Estimated 276 quadrillion Bq of Cs-137 entered Fukushima basements — Triple Chernobyl total release — A portion “has already made its way to aquifer, whence it can easily flow into sea”

Experts: Fukushima leaks “much worse” than authorities will admit — Disturbing questions confront Japan as leader visits Middle East to push nuclear

Fox News, August 23, 2013: Japan’s Abe to visit Middle East in nuclear push [...] The prime minister of energy-poor Japan heads to the oil-rich Middle East this weekend in his latest push to promote nuclear technology exports [...] Japan has continued to push its atomic expertise as an important export [...] Abe, a . . . → Read More: Experts: Fukushima leaks “much worse” than authorities will admit — Disturbing questions confront Japan as leader visits Middle East to push nuclear

TV: “The Japanese are part of a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure” — “Everywhere now is radioactive, we can’t escape it,” say Fukushima locals at beach (VIDEO)

Title: Concern over Fukushima leaks persists Source: Al Jazeera Date: August 25, 2013

Anita McNaught, Reporter: At the local beach, despite news that highly radioactive water’s leaching into the sea, locals are cooling off.  They told us they were philosophical — Everywhere now is radioactive, they can’t escape it.

The stricken Daiichi nuclear plant . . . → Read More: TV: “The Japanese are part of a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure” — “Everywhere now is radioactive, we can’t escape it,” say Fukushima locals at beach (VIDEO)

Local Gov’t Official in Fukushima: “One day the world will sue Japan for this” (VIDEO)

Title: Concern over Fukushima leaks persists Source: Al Jazeera Date: August 25, 2013

Yoshiro Watanabe, Local Fukushima Official: Every day there’s radiation — We can’t see it spreading into the air and into the ocean.

One day the world will sue Japan for this.

Anita McNaught, Reporter: He has records for every household.

He . . . → Read More: Local Gov’t Official in Fukushima: “One day the world will sue Japan for this” (VIDEO)

Alaska Newspaper: Concern Fukushima nuclear waste is tainting our salmon — Worried about impact on humans — Scientists urged to conduct tests

Title: Empire Editorial: Is Fukushima tainting one of Alaska’s most valuable resources? Source: Juneau Empire (Alaska) Date: Posted: August 25, 2013

Empire Editorial: Is Fukushima tainting one of Alaska’s most valuable resources?

[...] Now, Japanese officials said, the situation is too big. They need international assistance. [...]

We are concerned this hazardous material is . . . → Read More: Alaska Newspaper: Concern Fukushima nuclear waste is tainting our salmon — Worried about impact on humans — Scientists urged to conduct tests

NHK: Sinking ground at Fukushima plant may have deformed tank, leading to leak of extremely contaminated water (VIDEO)

Title: Ground subsidence could have damaged leaky tank at Fukushima plant Source: Asahi Shimbun Date: August 25, 2013 h/t Anonymous tip

Ground subsidence could have damaged leaky tank at Fukushima plant

A tank that caused a serious leakage of radioactive water in the compound of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was . . . → Read More: NHK: Sinking ground at Fukushima plant may have deformed tank, leading to leak of extremely contaminated water (VIDEO)