Contamination now spiking in seawater off Fukushima plant — Asahi reports up to 18-fold increase in a week

Published: August 25th, 2013 at 1:31 am ET
By
Email Article Email Article
63 comments


Title: High-level radioactive tritium found in seawater at Fukushima plant port
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: August 24, 2013

High-level radioactive tritium found in seawater at Fukushima plant port

Concentrations of radioactive tritium in seawater from the port of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have risen between eight and 18 times in one week, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Aug. 23.

[...] On Aug. 12, the concentration in the same area was lower than the limit for detection [...]

[...] contaminated groundwater around the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors [is] flowing into the sea. The government estimates that about 300 tons of groundwater is flowing daily to the sea. [...]

TEPCO also said it is likely that of the highly contaminated water that has accumulated in pits, about 10 liters are flowing into the sea every day. [...]

British Gov’t Website: “Tritium can cross the placenta, posing some risk of birth defects and early pregnancy failures. Ingestion of tritiated water also increases cancer risk.”

See also: AP: Experts fear giant underground reservoir of extremely contaminated water on verge of entering Pacific at Fukushima -- In contact with melted nuclear fuel? A race against the clock -- Nobody knows when this will end

Published: August 25th, 2013 at 1:31 am ET
By
Email Article Email Article
63 comments

Related Posts

  1. NHK: ‘Worrying discovery’ at Fukushima plant — Radioactivity level ‘sharply rising’ — 30-fold increase since Sunday (VIDEO) September 14, 2013
  2. Highest contamination levels yet in seawater off Fukushima plant — 3,800 Bq/liter of tritium August 16, 2013
  3. Japan TV: Efforts have failed at Fukushima plant — Contamination levels still rising in seawater — Flow into ocean continues (VIDEO) August 1, 2013
  4. Reuters: Crisis deepening at Fukushima nuclear plant; Upgraded to ‘Level 3 Serious Incident’ — Represents a 100-fold increase in “severity of a radiological release” — Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from August 21, 2013
  5. Peroxides formed by seawater and melted fuel — “Even more likely to react with elements in core” — “Not clear exactly what kinds of chemicals were released” — Different than freshwater — Is this why officials ordered halt to pumping in seawater? March 8, 2012

63 comments to Contamination now spiking in seawater off Fukushima plant — Asahi reports up to 18-fold increase in a week

  • So Tepco explains an 18 gold increase in tritium (a fission product)… As being the result of a 10 liter daily increase?


    Report comment

    • We Not They Finally

      No, as usual it's disjointed bits that they seriously hope that you and I will not piece together….

      And of course you found the magic keyword that they didn't bother to print at all: FISSION!

      But since there is such a HUGE panic right from within Japan in the last few weeks, and yes, there are products of NEW fission, like iodine-13 — well, just a guess, but corium hits aquifer might be about right.

      NOT looking forward to whatever comes next.


      Report comment

  • Gasser Gasser

    Woodstock revisited

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vSmXwgq-8EA

    Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the contaminated road

    And I asked him, tell where are you going, this he told me:

    
Well, I'm going down to Fukushima Dieichie, going to join and give a lending hand.
    
Got to get to that radioactive land, and save all humanity for free.

    
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

    And we got to get ourselves back to uncontaminated gardens.

    Well, then can I walk beside you? I have also come to stop the meltdown.
    
And I feel like I'm a cog in something turning.

    
And maybe it's the time of year, yes, and maybe it's the last of man.

    And I don't know who I am but our lives are radioactively burning.

    
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

    And we got to get ourselves back to the organic garden.

    By the time we got to Dieichie, we were half a million strong,
    
And everywhere there were tall cranes and devastation.

    
And I saw the helicopters dropping sand, lead and Boron from the sky,

    Turning back the Corium's Gamma ray radiation in Japans nation.

    We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil's Nuclear bargain,
    
And we got to get ourselves back to the uncontaminated organic gardens.

    This sing say may become a reality as this potential ELE grows every moment of every day into the Devil’s uncontrollable monster.

    We got to start…


    Report comment

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    This is Tepco's way of saying that there are criticalities happening in the ocean now.


    Report comment

  • rockyourworld

    the us govt should go after those cores like they went after julian assange, bradley manning and edward snowden! unlike those guys the cores really are a threat to national security!


    Report comment

  • corium pudding corium pudding

    I didn't want to believe that the molten cores were in the ground, but now I feel I have no other choice but to accept it.

    I think one or more cores finally descended into the ground. But because we have not seen a hydrodynamic explosion yet, I think no core has reached the aquifer in a state that would cause an explosion. Perhaps it has descended but cooled enough to reside in the aquifer without explosive results. But it is now poisoning the ground water.

    The steam seen a few weeks ago in reactor 3 makes me think it is the culprit. Reactor 3 had the worst explosion, so maybe its core is responsible for this latest bad news.


    Report comment

    • dosdos dosdos

      It doesn't matter where it is, there is no containment. In the reactor bounds or out, it's all contaminating the environment.


      Report comment

      • It could be that the first of the 3 coriums has weighed-in…with two still at large.


        Report comment

      • corium pudding corium pudding

        I understand your point, but I must disagree. If the corium is in containment and there is water leakage, eventually everything could be cemented and enclosed Chernobyl-style.

        But if the corium is underground the situation is much worse. It's like the difference between a nightmare and pure hell.


        Report comment

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Yes, the river that was diverted to build this massive plant complex still flows deep under the complex to the ocean.

          Any water used will eventually make its way to this natural flowing still there underground river bed.

          Out of sight but not out of mind!


          Report comment

        • Passive McMutagens Passive McMutagens

          I often wonder what the path left behind by these house sized coriums looks like. Id imagine that there is a hard glass like shell going down miles at this point that fills with unimaginably contaminated debris. I would assume the corium picks up material that becomes activated by the neutron bombardment and joins the melting mass. The question at hand is how far did it travel laterally? Does the mass travel relatively straight down or does it pool and make pockets? Is it affected by density and flash point of the earth and change course?


          Report comment

          • I have wondered as well. Each corium is making its own path, encountering its own sand and rocks as it melts its way down and sideways.

            The fact that at least one corium is mobile, 2.5 years after the accident, suggests to me that the water being blindly injected into the containment has never actually been reaching the coriums. Molten corium at 2000 C is not in contact with Tepco's cooling water; otherwise we'd have massive steam venting. My guess is that each corium is still molten, and moving, shedding radioactive debris and slag all along its 2.5 year long path. The radioactive debris generates its own heat, and Tepco is merely cooling–and rinsing–the upper terminus of this debris, in 3 reactors.

            In other words, the coriums have yet to come in contact with pooled water. Meanwhile Tepco cools the upper debris field.

            Suggested reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corium_(nuclear_reactor)


            Report comment

            • corium pudding corium pudding

              That makes sense. Perhaps the corium has been sinking slowly, fissioning off and on as circumstances permit.

              TEPCO has only slowed the beast(s). Last month the contact with water-laden earth finally came, resulting in steam being released in reactor 3 and the huge spike in radioactivity going to the ocean.


              Report comment

    • nedlifromvermont

      according to PattieB., who appears to be highly credible, the tho explosions at Unit 1 and Unit 3 were steam explosions, when the molten fuel cores (coriums) first reached the saturated zone (also known as the water table) … sooo … whatever …

      Thanks be to GE (for this Godawful mess)

      and not a peep from the perps who shoved this flawed technology down humanity's throat …

      um … that would be GE whose reactor designs were loudly panned at the time …

      … maybe they should have stuck with toasters … but the money, the money, the huge amount of money to be made from tempting the devil … how did Bob Marley put it? … "to force on us the devil's illusion …"

      peace, Marley fans …


      Report comment

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Besides water, the radiation evaporates into air and is carried by winds, continually, every second of every day and night, for decades. Nuclear, biggest mistake ever.


    Report comment

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    KA-BOOM!!! There goes the planet…

    Seriously, are you thinking what I'm thinking? If this corium stuff continues it's path toward the center of The Earth, eventually it's going to hit something equally as volatile…

    But I don't want to scare anyone…What do I know anyway?


    Report comment

  • weeman

    No comment that could be published, at loss for words to describe my despair.
    Not looking good.


    Report comment

  • jec jec

    Edgar Cayce visions on Japan sinking..might just be correct if the corium keeps sinking into the earth crust. Has anyone done any modeling (bad word but all that can project into a future) on corium disruption of the tectonic plates; and what happens when it reaches magma? BIG explosion? Or just sinking into the radioactive melted core? Its going to change a lot of theories, sadly.


    Report comment

  • Proton

    Ahh so NOW it's spiking… More uncontainable "prompt re-criticalities"?


    Report comment

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Cayce appears to have seen all our futures and that would not be the first time someone has had such a gift!


    Report comment

  • We Not They Finally

    Remember a couple of weeks back when the ocean radiation spiked FIFTY-FOLD? Now in the last week, it is EIGHTEEN-FOLD. So it’s NOT eighteen-fold. It’s 18 X 50. It’s NINE HUNDRED FOLD. (Minimum, anyway.)

    Sounds like (not a scientist here) fissioning corium met cold aquifer, and the steam and the pressure pushed humongous amounts of radioactive water into the sea. And that it might yet explode, or maybe already has.

    A missing piece here is that the open panic in Japan came immediately following the last earthquake, which they said was “a strong 6.” The Japanese did their usual “no immediate danger,” and no one followed up. Maybe that set off this new catastrophic turn. But obviously it seems irreversible.


    Report comment

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Here is an article about the health effects of tritium in drinking water. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057633/

    Apparently the Canadian government makes sure they do "careful releases" of this radioactive substance. We are all kidding ourselves here by thinking Fukushima is the problem.

    There are 70+ reactors in the USA that have 40+ years of spent fuel sitting in pools, this reactor in Fuku had only 10 years worth of fuel. While we are collectively point one finger at Japan, three are pointed back at us. Who knows what Canada has in the way of spent fuel.

    The below article is about 1/2 life of fuel released in nuclear accidents
    http://211.144.68.84:9998/91keshi/Public/File/41/335-6073/pdf/1184.full.pdf


    Report comment

    • Yukio_Tanukio

      Dear NewsblackoutUSA:

      re. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057633/ – I have translated the third – last paragraph from "Abstract"

      Debunking the official style is tedious work, and the article you linked is quite long, so I only translated a small part, but I hope you and the rest of the community find my effort worth the trouble.

      I'll post the original from the article, then my translation.


      Report comment

    • Yukio_Tanukio

      from "Abstract" last paragraph.
      Original:
      "Policy-making for the purpose of regulating tritium levels in drinking water is a dynamic multi-stage process that is influenced by more than science alone. Ethics, economics, and public perception also play important roles in policy development; however, these factors sometimes undermine the scientific evidence that should form the basis of informed decision making. Consequently, implementing a new standard without a scientific basis may lead the public to perceive that risks from tritium have been historically underestimated. It was concluded that the new recommendation is not supported by any new scientific insight regarding negative consequences of low dose effects, and may be contrary to new data on the potential benefits of low dose effects. Given the lack of cost versus benefit analysis, this type of dramatic policy change could have detrimental effects to society from an ethical, economical, and public perception perspective."


      Report comment

    • Yukio_Tanukio

      Translation:
      When we decide policy about how much tritium you get, we can't just consider your health, we have to protect the bankers and the politicians. We can't tell the truth to the masses even if we want to. If we change our bulljive now without support from the corporate-scientific complex, the masses will see that we were lying before. These new safer levels in your food and water can't be used because the politicians haven't ordered us to use them, and the scientists haven't blown the whistle on the previous fake science. Since the money is more important than your health, we can't change our rap now because it would piss off the bankers and rulers really badly, and the masses would get wise.


      Report comment

  • pkjn

    Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
    August 21, 2013 Russia Today
    90 percent of those who are exposed to hazardous level of radiation don`t meet criteria for cancer screening provided by Tokyo Electric Power Company.
    Six minors in Fukushima Prefecture who are 18 or younger have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Ten other children are believed to have developed the same form of cancer.
    The latest figures bring the number of children who have been diagnosed with having cancer to 44, up from 28 as of June. Of the 44, 18 have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and 25 others are showing symptom. Another child suspected of having cancer is later diagnosed with benign tumor.
    The 2005 Japanese rate for thyroid cancer in the age 0-18 is given as 0.0 per 100,000.
    There can be 200,000 cancers in 10 million of population in the 200km radius of the site in the next 10 years, and 400,000 over 50 years.
    http://rt.com/news/fukushima-children-thyroid-cancer-783/
    http://archive.kremlin.ru/eng/subj/22378.shtml


    Report comment

  • Kassandra

    Can we examine the evidence as methodically as possible to consider the actual risk of an explosion?

    I think that the steam eruptions we are seeing are the hydrovolcanic explosions warned about by the architect of unit 3 http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/11/architect-of-reactor-3-warns-massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion/

    However, the massive steam eruptions we've seen so far are different from the type of explosion being discussed in this thread.

    My knowledge of the physical sciences is limited so I cannot comment directly on the likelihood of a massive explosion of the scale warned by Yoichi Shimatsu (http://rense.com/general96/rising.html 7-24-13).

    Is this type of massive explosion a real possibility?

    What evidence do we see besides spiking tritium & strontium levels that an explosion might occur? Tritium levels could be spiking because of underground criticalities, but these criticalities don't necessarily implicate a massive above-ground explosion. See discussion here of nuclear criticalities http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/nuclear-chain-reactions-and-forms-of.html

    It seems to me that the earthquake activity near the site has been quieter the last month. Is that true?

    Overall questions:
    1. Is tritium in port spiking simply because more contaminated water is reaching it?

    2. Is tritium spiking because of underground nuclear criticalities?

    3. If 2, will underground criticalities produce an explosive nuclear chain capable of creating a large…


    Report comment

    • Kassandra

      …above ground explosion at the site?


      Report comment

      • TEPCO claims the radioactive water is ONLY from the leaking, cracked basements, which are connected to the leaking cracked containments with coriums inside of them.

        That water, according to them has slowly been migrating towards the ocean, and is now at the shore line, or very close to it. They say from now on, highly radioactive water will be entering the ocean from the 'basements', at a rate of around 400 TONS per day.

        They also say that they have no idea where the coriums really are, so they are leaving that open, in case someone shows up with a neutron detector and proves the coriums are fissioning underground.

        No word on what they found with their own gadgets brought in to find out where the coriums are presently. Curious… if the coriums were still in containment, one would think they would be in a hurry to report that.

        The silence and lack of reporting may be very telling.


        Report comment

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    Are ENEWSER'S frustrated from not getting your whole neighborhood informed about the Big Picture ??

    ..maybe you should consider doing "mobmovies", the new-tech spontaneous drive-in-movies.

    http://mobmov.org/

    ..yeah, go mobile with your wireless, computer, digital projector, and lo-power FM-radio transmitter.

    Set the whole rig up in a foodwagon step-van, and you can sell coffee, food & T-shirts.

    It's time for Environmental Nuclear Eradication Network Enterprises Worldwide Systems Inc. to take the initiative !!


    Report comment

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    21….. such a good idea .. i will check it.
    Anyway, think that this time the situation created by the coalition of mad/crazy/careless, etc people that owns those companies, and the governments individuals, really shitted everything big …
    I think that "they" wo'nt have even the possibility to cover the next events ….
    Sadly, also think that we must continue sharing comments and try to help others to know, understand and do ….
    We as human kind must see for our survival, our children, relatives, friends, internet …etc
    Good luck fo everybdy …. we will need it, among many other own efforts,


    Report comment

  • Mats

    One Gramm of Tritium = 370.000.000.000.000 Becquerel (Bq)

    1 Giga Bq = 3 Mikrogramm.

    That is the amount you can deal without permission. German law.

    Tepco found 68 becquerels of radioactive tritium per liter.

    That is the normal ratio Nuclear Plants put in the rivers or the ocean day by day year after year.

    For exampel the German Isar 2 relesases 48000 Giga Bq , in one year.


    Report comment

    • TEPCO – 8.7 million becquerels of tritium per liter from tunnel by No. 2 reactor’s turbine building -July 28, 2013

      These tunnels and pits connect to ocean through the leaking basements and underground passage ways..

      Maybe they got the 67 bq/liter reading a mile out in the ocean?


      Report comment

  • Fukushima – Thousands Of Storage Tanks Leaking Highly Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/08/fukushima-thousands-of-storage-tanks.html


    Report comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.