‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Tepco: Extremely radioactive water from trench is leaking directly into groundwater and going into ocean

Published: July 27th, 2013 at 2:32 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima trench water crisis returns
Source: Kyodo
Date: July 27, 2013

Fukushima trench water crisis returns

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday that the trench problem at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has cropped up again and is sending highly radioactive water into the sea. [...]

[The water] contains 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter [...]

The trench is believed to be the source of the groundwater problem that’s been baffling Tepco’s experts for months. Their current theory is that the highly radioactive water found and left in the trench in 2011 is now leaking directly into the groundwater, which is seeping into the sea. [...]

The utility hopes to halt the problem by building a wall out of liquid glass between the reactors and the sea and removing the contaminated water from the underground passage.

See also: Kyodo News: Extremely contaminated water is seeping into Pacific Ocean from trench under Fukushima Reactor No. 2 turbine building -- Tepco: We believe it's staying within the pit

Published: July 27th, 2013 at 2:32 pm ET
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99 comments to ‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Tepco: Extremely radioactive water from trench is leaking directly into groundwater and going into ocean

  • Cisco Cisco

    Genius!

    "The utility hopes to halt the problem by building a wall out of liquid glass between the reactors and the sea and removing the contaminated water from the underground passage."

    And, what's the plan after the entire site fills up?

    Duh!


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Why now why not two years ago? Why has TEPCO waited so long to address this leak when most of us know it's been leaking into the ocean unabated for over two years. What makes them think they can now prevent it from flowing into the Pacific as it has burrowed deeper. This is outrageous, despicable………no end just like this ongoing disaster.


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  • weeman

    I am sorry but that was inevitable and confirms a 100 percent that containment has been breeched in at least one of the reactors, but I suspect all are breeched to different degrees, pattib has some very convincing conclusions and if you could post over again for all to ponder and bring to light, cheers.
    First class.


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  • What they knew.. and when.
    This is the Tepco investigator that's been feeding me data all along.. and why I took such a hard stance on things. He was the one doing the investigation for Tepco management. I could not release this while he was on site. The Yakuza doesn't play NICE.

    This is NOT the only source I have, just one that is now out of danger.

    Many I have sent this data too.. say they must not release it, due to panic of the public. I say it needs to be told, NO IF'S AND'S or BUTS!
    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fhamanora.blog.ocn.ne.jp%2Fkaiin02%2F2011%2F06%2Fpost_8986.html


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    • it's a multi-paged live-linked database… of everything that went down, the readings.. fallout, contamination & levels… all of it.!


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      • Cisco Cisco

        PattieB…I do not dispute what I've read at your insider's reporting. This is my second read and I plan to read it again. The translation is so poor, it is difficult to determine what your guy is actually communicating specifically, in some sentences making it hard to connect the dots.

        In terms of a smoking gun, it's well accepted among the US and Japanese commissions, departments, agencies, and the military that they permitted TEPCO to disseminate false information, and in turn, those US and Japanese commissions, departments, agencies, and the military went along with TEPCO press releases to cover up the true condition of what happened and was ongoing.

        Emails and telephone transcripts obtained via FOIA has established that. So, your guy confirms that…pretty much I suspect if one can understand the translation.

        Not to be rude…other than what we have learned which confirms our same understanding, why is your guy's reporting so significant? One thing we can take away is his confirming that the earthquake caused a criticalities. The plant was in meltdown before the Tsunami hit.

        Please, what am I missing?

        Thank you for your continued good work!


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        • Cisco Cisco

          As an aside, all radiation level reporting from TEPCO should be considered under-reported, just like BP's reporting of the DWH well flow.

          TEPCO was clever in making sure they would control the testing in and around the site, including the Pacific. Hey, who was to check? The suits wanted to play down the disaster, and with TEPCO doing the testing, the suits could count on the best low numbers/values TEPCO could massage.

          As long as TEPCO or any of these official US and Japanese commissions, departments, agencies, and the military control the testing, there will be two data sets. The real/actual one, and the BS one fed to the public.


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          • if we don't get SOMEONE on-site to do remediation.. we are all very dead. The major fissure runs right under reactor #5 (The one that auto-started with lid off) that had the control rods rattle-out of the core during the quake.. like the others that melted down. That's what all the manufacturers were called over.. getting the lid back on the heat-expanded top of it! WHILE the core was active! THIS ISSUE is not being addressed HERE and we have 24 of them JUST LIKE IT !!!

            Add to that the Plutonium it's spewing in the steam.!?

            The issue of ground water is what's making #4 "Lean" due to wash-out going on under it.

            #2 worries me most.. as it still has more of the plutonium rods in its pool. I'm NOT talking about MOX… but BREEDER-TYPE.


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        • irhologram

          May I answer why I think it's important, Cisco? Because it's step by step, documented by readings, and comprehensive in including an overview from all sectors, including the Japanese meteorological Society. It's links flow through to much relevant info, such as the Japanese perception that they are waiting for a hero from the U.S. to save them. Sure glad they didn't read what some have posted here about the Japanese culture and people. They would entirely despair.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Any way to view this doc w/o logging into Google? I'm getting a Google Translator page when I try to open the link.

        Ah, the inscrutable Patti B at last spills the beans on her sources! Thanks so much PB, I truly am happy to at last know there was a reason for your caution in disclosing your source. I figured as much (the person disclosing the data might be in danger). You are well connected in your field, and this makes sense.

        Your sharing expertise greatly appreciated. But Gulp! this means the worst you discussed is likely true. Not pretty to contemplate.

        What's your "read" on the Veterans Today article posted awhile back where it was disclosed Fuku-Dai is releasing 80 Trillion Bq per hour, day, or something like that? It was the article where someone had extrapolated releases based on the information Robert Alvarez had given. That was related to what #3 might have been releasing after its detonation (explosion, whatever it was), and when Alvarez had discussed the potential ramifications of a possible collapse of the Unit #4 spent fuel pool.

        Let's see if I can find the link. I found the numbers pretty horrifying. Well, it is what it is. And here we are, all in the same boat, floating about in the ether, together on planet earth. Will they ever learn? We share a common fate, we humans, and all life here.


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Correction, here's the article:

          http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/05/28/fukushima-how-many-chernobyls-is-it/

          This article was published in May, 2011. Refers to the work of Dr. Scampa.

          "Fukushima: How Many Chernobyls Is It?

          Dr Scampa’s Lethal Doses Count Increases Dramatically"

          by Bob Nichols

          "(San Francisco) – The world’s second big nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl Reactor No. 4 in the Ukraine on Apr 26, 1986. Simply tagged as “Chernobyl,” it is what the next big and well known nuke disaster, after the American Three Mile Island, on March 28, 1979 came to be called. “Chernobyl” ejected 30% of one 192-ton, three-month old reactor core. That’s 57.6 radioactive tons thrown into the air by fire and explosions."

          I think Bob Nichols wrote a second article after this one (above) in which he discusses the problem with the #4 SFP.

          Here's another quote from article above (discusses Michio Kaku's extrapolations):

          "…It is no stretch to say Fukushima Daiichi’s six reactors and the dry holding pools for old reactor cores are equal to more than 50 Chernobyl disasters ….Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell. This is up from about 70 Billion Lethal Doses March 23, 2011."

          Bob Nichols' articles are well foot noted with full citations, which is nice. He is very thorough, IMO.


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    • Steve_G Steve_G

      Wow….just…..wow ! I knew it was bad, but didn't realize the extent of THEIR knowing. Thanks is an understatement PattieB !


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    • We Not They Finally

      PB, we will look at this and THANK YOU!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Unfortunately, no one can stop the molten coriums from spreading. We must stay mindful of that. As for blame, that'd be some men's stupidity in thinking they could safely harness nuclear power.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      The benefits of harnessing nuclear power are so great, that all obstacles are steamrolled, brushed over, disregarded, avoided, kept secret, deleted, worked around, duct taped, bailing wired, flushed into our environment, pardoned, accepted as trivial, downplayed, and whitewashed. The war against rational thinking, justice, honesty, transparency, full disclosure, freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was won long ago and we're beginning to see the fruits of that turmoil. Man will endure a lot of pain for just the remote possibility of pleasure. This is why corporations must get approval by an unbiased group of wise law makers that can control their actions. The stock market has created an environment having "an innate conflict of interest" regarding the restraining expanding corporations. A supreme court justice (and I used to capitalize that) must not have any holdings in the stock market. This is all just common sense. hbjon


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  • dosdos dosdos

    It seems to me to be coming from Unit #2, from what information that I've absorbed from the last few weeks. There was a lot of panic a few weeks back about radiation levels at Unit #2, but nothing ever was said definitively about it. Now this.

    I'm not saying that the flow of radiation into the Pacific is new, just that Unit #2 found a new major escape route when something broke. And now we're seeing new levels of corium rinse in places it wasn't so profuse before. The whole house of cards is still teetering.


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    • #2 reactor put the lightest load into the ground… this is due to the torus-break-out issue. Much got left behind. Now add in the TANK water is what they are now pump in.. so as to empty them..? And the elevations of reactors 1-4.. you get high flow rate through bottom of #2 reactor.

      The very bottom levels of these plants.. nobody can get into, and we still have the bomb / warhead-making lab under #4 to consider… that stuff HAS to be ROTTING OUT down there due to salt water influx… so add that to the water radioactive contents.


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      • dosdos dosdos

        The entire complex has had plenty of time to become one big rust bucket atop the sieve bottom it got from the melt throughs. Places will begin flowing radiation that weren't flowing there before.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        PattieB, since there is a warhead making lab under #4 (haven't read info. in your link yet), how do you relate that to concern over the SFP collapsing in the #4 reactor area? How does that compound the problems there?


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  • what you need to understand… these hole initially were sort-of draining the basements. However: Blasts and such then spew debris up again. The stuff has formed a volcano-like structure that keeps getting taller around the holes. So, the basements are now OVER-filling, and that has the water sitting in some corium again. #2 the hole is under the busted torus-leg. So once it fills.. you get a back-flow into the torus… then it backs-up onto the main plant basement floor! This is why #2 rads have gone off-scale-high!


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    • We Not They Finally

      Thank you for knowledge and logic. The story in their newspaper is gibberish which never explains what's happening or what will fix it.

      So is the bottom line on THIS one, is that they don't even care what gushes into the sea? That their current problem is BACK-FLOW? Which creates additional problems at the plant for THEM?

      (Well, I wasn't looking for a humanitarian motif here anyway…)


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Agreed, PB, it has looked like there are phreatic-like, volcanic explosions (in appearance) coming up from under the ground there for a long time. Well documented by our own Nuckelchen, and others. Greetings, Nuckie, wherever you are ….


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  • #3 has the entire basement & PCV forming the volcano with the cap of concrete & Steel they made on top! That's now rising in pressure… steam is finding a way to get out! The main recirculation pump housing and line… is where it's pissing-out of now.

    #1 is a smaller edition of #3… the only difference is that #1 melted-out the bottom, and had less materials that were not laden with Plutonium… like #3 was.

    #3 had U-235/238, MOX, Pu-239/240/241 breeders, and what we think is Thorium rods in it, samples of that that were found out on the ground, post-blast. They never let us look at, nor test them for the composition of them. @j@


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      OM_, that is unspeakable, PB. No words. I MUST find a way to read what you posted. Is there any way to look at the document for which you posted the link? What you're saying ALL makes sense; too much sense. It confirms what many here have been saying all along; connects the dots, that is. What we've been suspecting is happening (and we've figured out pieces, many of us) is confirmed by what you're saying.

      Lots of evidence they were working on weapons development. Lots & lots of it. Yeah, Thorium is pretty nasty stuff. Let no one kid you when they tell you Thorium breeder reactors are "safe." Thorium lives virtually forever, and it is not benign.

      If all this is going on at Fukushima Daichi, what are they hiding in the rest of Japan's nuclear program? And to what lengths have people with connections there gone to get Mr. Abe elected? What is he hiding? He looks like the Yakuza Big Daddy to me. Evil personified.


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  • WWJD WWJD

    I say just assume the worst and pray for the best. I try to avoid food from anywhere in the ocean, Japan obviously and even the West Coast. I try to eat less food daily not because I consider myself overweight but because I have to assume everything I am eatting now has more radiation in it than it did yesterday. Sure I am going to eat enough to keep my immune system strong along with getting enough sleep, but anymore food than required is more risk than needed. Where did the radiation come from? Does it really matter at this point?

    Even the so called "Experts" can't agree what a safe level of radiation is internal or external. At this point we need to stop listening to them and act on our own.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    I've been seafood free since BP

    So sad.


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    • Cisco Cisco

      Lion76…that won't save you, sorry…

      What about the fresh vegetables from California, the West coast, Canada and Mexico? What are yo doing about that? We are all being radiated.

      But not to worry, the US EPA raised the allowable limits; and, it's now safe to consume food and water 30X more radioactive than a month ago.

      GE will have to have manufacturing plants as big as car factories to keep up with all the MRI's, CAT Scans, X-ray's, and all the other medical equipment they produce, to keep up with the new mortality levels. Nice business that GE, they got both sides of the equation…Fu#k it up, then fix it up.


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  • vital1

    TEPCO admits lax risk management over tainted water.

    Now, if 2.35 Billion Bq/L of Cesium is a definition of tainted water, what would be the amount of Cesium in Bq/L, for hugely contaminated water?

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130726_37.html


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    • That is the lightly contaminated stuff… 2.3 BILLION Bq/liter.. that is just straight water, no concentration.

      The concentrated stuff is in the tanks and the smaller boxes.

      No one has breathed a word of what is in there, or the radiation levels of that liquid.


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  • Max1 Max1

    Did they find the core YET?


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    • We Not They Finally

      AGreenRoad said that they DO have the tech to locate the coriums and what they say is just lies and cover-ups. I didn't know that they had that tech. It's apparently called "neutron detectors." There's a good article on AGreenRoad explaining it.

      Of course that would make their lies and cover-ups (and inaction!) all the more criminal. It's like a course in escalating psychopathy. Every time you think it could not get worse…


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  • We Not They Finally

    So they "left" water in a trench in 2011, and now they "found" it (by surprise, apparently!) "leaking" (= pouring) into the sea? And now they will "fix" it by building a glass wall between the REACTORS and the sea? (What about the "trench"?) Then they "hope" to just take the "leftover" water (in buckets or in Dixie cups?)from the "underground passages" (rivers of lava? uncontrolled groundwater? sealed by rocks? — like what?!)and do WHAT? Scoop in and pull up a quart, then replace it with the upwards of 400 tons of groundwater GUSHING into the plant, then on to the sea, EVERY DAY?

    Why do the JOURNALISTS there even put up with this? A certified mentally insane person could produce more logical sounding gibberish. Why is no one hauling these people away? Not the water — THEM.


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  • 750 million becquerels of other radioactive substances, the utility said. Which in the earlier article stated it to be gamma ray producing strontium and other radio isotopes. Just ridiculous amount that might seep into our beloved Pacific ocean. And still just one aspect of this triple melt down next to mega tons of spent fuel and a fragile cooling system. Take your pick of which melted through reactor will do what. Piggy backing its own spent fuel pool.
    Tepco/Japan still holding out on us. Am I allowed to pray yet?


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    • Pardon me, 750 million becquerels per litre. Of Strontium and other things giving off gamma rays plus How many litres does this trench hold?

      Quote; "According to TEPCO, 2.35 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium were detected per liter of water that was sampled July 26 from a cable pit on the ocean side of the No. 2 reactor.

      The breakdown was 750 million becquerels of cesium-134 and 1.6 billion becquerels of cesium-137.

      A liter of the water was also found to contain 750 million becquerels of radioactive substances that emit beta rays, such as strontium."

      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201307270065


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      • Cisco Cisco

        When BP was controlling the estimating of the oil discharge rates, they were 10X understated until some independent experts caught them.

        Historically, this is how disaster events work. The perpetrator under reports the true condition, the government, the industry, and all the associated conspirators cover for them. Later the truth emerges; the perpetrator is caught by the very conspirators that covered for them. The perpetrator is cast as a bad apple, the bad apple apologizes, and then they find some "working stiff(s)" way down the chain and prosecute them. This would be the end of the story if we weren't dealing with heavy global radionuclide fallout on this scale.

        The end of the story is the beginning of an ELE.

        So the question is…Are TEPCO's test results understated/reliable?


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Bobby1 on July 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm said:
    75 people received first-aid treatment when heavy rain occurs at outdoor concert in Tokyo… 41 hospitalized.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20130728/k10013346111000.html (Japanese)

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/fukushima-emissions-now-exceed-april-2011-levels/#comments


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Fukushima emissions now exceed April 2011 levels.
    Posted on July 27, 2013

    …Radiation of 750 million becquerels a liter of cesium-134 and 1.6 billion becquerels a liter of cesium-137 was recorded, Tepco said. The normal limits for the two potentially harmful isotopes are 60 and 90 becquerels, respectively. In April 2011 a combined 1.8 billion becquerels was recorded….

    Clearly Tepco has been lying about rainwater being the source of steam coming out of reactor 3. The underground corium has encountered water. So there is a risk of a hydrovolcanic explosion with this plutonium-rich fuel.

    Iodine-131 has been detected from fly ash at the Ota incineration plant in Tokyo, in the period June 20-28. This indicates criticalities have been occurring at the plant. Iodine is being released continuously, so criticalities are also continuous. A huge radiation dose of 562 mSv has been measured at Unit 3.

    The neutrons from the chain reactions, along with neutron-emitting isotopes like plutonium and curium, interact with the nitrogen injections to cause carbon-14 to be released. There have been no measurements made of this isotope. Along with tritium (from neutrons and boric acid injections), this isotope is most deleterious to plant life. Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel Prize-winning chemist, felt that carbon-14 was the most dangerous

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/fukushima-emissions-now-exceed-april-2011-levels/#comments


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  • BirdOfTheFeather BirdOfTheFeather

    If you think the radioactive ground water leaking is only going in to the Ocean I have a nice 25 ac lake in Bayou Corne ,La. to sell you ,, Its in the ground water period


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    • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

      BirdOfTheFeasther, for over 2+ years, the ground water has been contaminated. Personally I'm more concernced about the ocean, it's biodiversity has been contaminated for all time.


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      • Teddi Teddi

        ..with the currents driving it right into the Alaskan fishing grounds…


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Teddi, the "Great Conveyor Belt" of oceanic currents has already spread it around the Southern oceans. Very likely some of the contaminated water has made its way around both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope already. Convection currents, the hydrologic cycle are causing the radiation to be dispersed everywhere.

          Hoping all our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are making efforts to stay safe, since this is now the winter season there, and air admixture between Northern & Southern Hemispheres occurs.

          Peter Daley discussed this with some of the people here, about two years ago. It was during the first winter in the Southern Hemisphere after 3/11. High radiation levels were found very close in time (as I recall) to major storm activity around Australia and New Zealand.

          Many of us here on the U.S. West Coast and in British Columbia, Canada, reported getting radiation burns on our skin when it was exposed to rain. I still have some scarring on my hands & wrists from it.


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  • domjox domjox

    it IS of greater cause for concern, that someone has a slight baby bump…


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I see back on 2/28/12 TEPCO was pouring cement from a marine platform into the seabed of it's port. This now jibes with PattieB's exposure of spent fuel rods from #3 being there.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201202290025


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Just think about this Nuclear Disaster in real terms.

    This recent Nuclear Disaster is a gift that will keep on giving for the rest of all our lives and then our children's lives and then their children's lives.

    You will not even see or hear anything on any news channels here in the USA about such facts.

    Doesn't that make you.. MAD!

    When I mention Fukushima to others, they are under the impression that this has been resolved and everything is now OK?

    Really what the hell are we paying taxes for and then insurance payments for then?

    Especially if no one in government/media is going to inform the general public about the severity and the real truths about this ongoing worldwide Nuclear Contamination event?


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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    "‘Crisis’ at Fukushima plant"
    It has been beyond crisis since 3-11. The fact they are using that word make me think there is something far more serious going on. Potential criticality?


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Bobby1
    on July 28, 2013 at 10:07 am said:
    8.7 million becquerels per liter of tritium (8.7 billion Bq/m3) in unit 2 tunnel:

    http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0728/TKY201307280037.html (Japanese)

    Sudden death of deputy mayor of Yuki, Ibaraki prefecture:

    http://alcyone-sapporo.blogspot.com/2013/07/blog-post_1657.html (Japanese)

    A 31-year old female reporter at NHK also died suddenly.

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/fukushima-emissions-now-exceed-april-2011-levels/#comments


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  • Sol Man

    We will see a greater increase of consistently higher Bq count belches from this site, I believe. Do not see how it could be otherwise.


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  • weeman

    Trouble in the hen house, things are esculating in a hurry, very concerned.


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  • weeman

    Keep us updated please, I respect your option.


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  • weeman

    Fu ck We can not stop so I guess let it be, and that is evolution, no I don't agree we are, so we exist, taking it to the primeval, we will meet in valhalla.


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  • weeman

    And we will drink from the fountains of youth, be well ,my friends and don't forget a I am with you in your time of need, bullshit do you believe me, fools on the run, sick and sorry, I bleed blood for you the ignorant, don't mean to be so rude but you are so out of tune, can you here me calling you, fu cking fool.
    So sorry I can not stand for this lie.


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  • locked.. unlocked.. locked again.. folks need to cut Iori OFF.. playing games with us here!


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    "[The water] contains 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter [...]

    WOH.

    Now back to the top to read your comments. Sheesh, no wonder Chas Aha (or was that PhilipUpNorth ?) who posted the link to the hot spot in the Pacific just offshore from Fuku-Dai.

    Forgive me Chas or PUN for not remembering. Long month, moving under emergency circumstances. Much mold in our home. Thankfully (?) many symptoms I'd attributed to radiation toxicity may be from mold/mycotoxin induced illness. Not that I underestimate what the radiation has done to us all. Much healthier since moving out of the moldy house. Am thinking maybe I can feel some vivacity again until I leave this earth. Wishing same for others. I know many here have reported various illnesses since the plant meltdowns and explosions happened. Plus ongoing waves of radiation circling the globe every 40 days.

    Speaking of which, does anyone know how to track the cloud so we can tell at which times the "plume" is hitting our local areas? Any GIS, weather, meteorology experts here?

    Much severe fatigue right after the plant went Ka-Boom! several times in 2011 ….

    Hope you are all well and joyful despite all. These are trying times for many.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Now I think maybe I know how a mother must feel when she holds her child to her breast to hide its face, just before the soldier kills them both. First a kiss and a hug, a stroke of the hair, and a gentle reassurance. Oh, how I agonize for everyone with children right now. And the young people of the world.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "No other effort by TEPCO has been announced to look for the melted fuel. Limited scope and robot inspections have been done on unit 1 and 2 containment. Unit 1′s torus room has been scoped and unit 2′s torus room has been robot inspected. An attempt was made to send a robot into unit 3′s torus room, it was able to gather some data and was then lost in the torus room. No further efforts to inspect unit 3′s torus room or containment have been made to date by TEPCO. If TEPCO has any idea where the melted fuel in each unit has gone they are not admitting it publicly. They appear uninterested in finding out. With the new revelations of ongoing leaking to the sea and high radiation water being found near the port, knowing the exact condition and location of the melted fuel is paramount and long past due. This needs to be done and made public. After Chernobyl efforts were made to locate the melted fuel a few months after the disaster, not years later."
    http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10752

    From this morning's article at the SimplyInfo.com site. A long-overdue look at TEPCO's disinterestin locating the corium from 3 reactor melt-downs.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Corium lava tubes..some.
    Reactor 2 did not suffer explosion..and I believe the core made melt through in a larger mass.
    In the ocean..at depth..yes.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    It's not hard to imagine unit 3's reactor containment vessel shooting out of the secondary containment vessel like a bullet. Would that have been visible on the instant replay? We saw the shock wave that's for sure. I have no such information but that does not mean it wasn't possible. It may have even been self propelled.


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  • IT IS A TERRIBLE FACT that here, in the United States, the problem and critical situation at Fukushima is not even a newsworthy event. I do not know about the rest of the world, but the American public has been dumbed down so far, this catastrophe does not merit a peep on the nightly news. Here and there, one may see an article in some printed publication. Don't forget however, that I said printed. If it is not on Television, you would never know about anything. Fukushima Dai Ichi is definitely not on Television, here.


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  • Stellarblue1, yeah the stealth thing is for economic interests. No need to panic the herd. Same thing how they frame it as stakeholders doing whats right for them. Which means not investing too much into the three melted out reactors. Whose fault will it be when the true damage is revealed? A company and a government. Good luck.


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  • THE WHOLE WORLD should have dealt with this catastrophe, from the very onset. Now the entire Pacific Ocean, nee the entire world is contaminated from this terrible disaster. Is Japan responsible for this? Yes, but so are all the Governments of the world, that should have insisted that this problem be dealt with on the scale necessary to have immediate effect. The cat is out of the bag now, and the whole world is going to suffer something awful. Mark my words that this could be the beginning of the end, in more ways than one…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you are entirely correct stellarblue1. There should have been a global-wide – coordinated – effort to address these failures. Instead, we got a global-wide – coordinated – news blackout within the MSM. That they were capable of doing.

      The lesson to all: governments of the world and their representative agencies were/are wholly incompetent and incapable of fulfilling any of their mandates. We, the people, are truly on our own. We need to cease deluding ourselves into thinking that these governments are in any way representative of the people. We need to publicly declare them null-and-void and re-institute them…


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  • Michael Van Broekhoven

    I made a presentation on my blog, as part of recent news roundup, what "2.35 billion Bq, aka, 2.35 GBq (gigabecquerel), of Cs-134 + Cs-137 combined, PER LITER" amounts to. That trench alone holds more than 1/3rd of Chernobyl. Hope this helps wake up some people regarding the seriousness of this mess: http://wp.me/puwO9-23w


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    • jec jec

      Good condensed information blog! Good job! Now to see how long your site stays up, PattieB has some incidents which has damaged her information site. Scary NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING in Japan to stop this train wreck..the Pacific Ocean is not able to handle all this radiation. NO ocean is, or planet. Good thing some reptiles can handle higher radiation, they will again 'rule' the earth after humans have destroyed themselves.


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