Experts: Fukushima contamination data wrong, may be 1,000% of levels reported by gov’t and Tepco — 60 billion becquerels of strontium and cesium claimed to be flowing to ‘outer ocean’ each day

Published: September 22nd, 2013 at 11:12 pm ET


Title: ANALYSIS: Contaminated water flowing into ocean despite Abe’s claim
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Authors: Shunsuke Kimura and Toshio Kawada
Date: Sept. 20, 2013

[…] Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute, estimated that 30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and another 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium continue to leak into the outer ocean every day.

[…] available monitoring data have shown no decline in their levels. […]

TEPCO, the Fukushima prefectural government, the Environment Ministry, the Nuclear Regulation Authority and other organizations have been monitoring radioactivity levels  […] But the methods of those measurements have been called into question.

Experts pointed out a lack of consistency in the sampling and analysis methods during a Sept. 13 meeting of an NRA panel tasked with ocean monitoring.

“Measurements could vary tenfold at the same site,” one expert said.

“The analysis methods are outdated,” said another.

NRA Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said she will take measures to improve the situation.

“Data should be taken accurately and reliably,” Nakamura said. […]

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Published: September 22nd, 2013 at 11:12 pm ET


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42 comments to Experts: Fukushima contamination data wrong, may be 1,000% of levels reported by gov’t and Tepco — 60 billion becquerels of strontium and cesium claimed to be flowing to ‘outer ocean’ each day

  • vital1 vital1

    It hard to keep track of all these contamination reports across multiple web sites. The "The Food Lab", has been created as a free community service to help mums and dads track what to avoid. It has a list of the latest international reports of food contamination.

    The data can be found at both these sites,


    Poster FXofTruth on enenews calculated there is far more water flowing into the Pacific, than the Tepco published estimate. This does not include the ground water flowing through the plant!

    Water is poured on to a melting core at 30,000 gallons per minute – (scientific estimation during an emergency meltdown)

    – 8.3 pounds is the weight of one gallon of water
    – 30,000 gallons of water weight 249,000 pounds
    – A short TON, commonly used in the US, is equal to 2000 pounds

    ONE MINUTE – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 124.5 TONS of water. (All based on 30,000 gallons per minute)

    ONE HOUR – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 7,470 TONS of water.

    24 HOURS – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 79,280 TONS of water.

    1 WEEK – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 1,254,960 TONS of water.

    ONE YEAR – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 65,257,920 TONS of water.

    • vital1 vital1

      It is logical to suggest, that far more water has and is flowing into the Pacific Ocean, than the estimates provided by TEPCO! It therefore no surprise to see that that the estimates of radioactive contamination flowing into the Pacific Ocean provided by TEPCO, are way out.

  • Tepco hasn't installed gauges on waste water storage tanks so if there is a leak an accurate amount can't be recorded. Tepco is adding water to the coolant for two reasons. One water is leaking out of the system through breached containment damage due to melt-through of three cores and cracks and other damage of building basement and damage to return hoses from earthquake at points that are too radio-active to go near to repair. Two, the water that does re-circulate eventually picks up so much radio-active isotopes of various substances that it would clog up the plumbing so that water is removed by operator and stored in the waste water tanks. Also stored in the waste water tanks is water pumped up from the basements of the buildings on site, reactor enclosements, turbine buildings etc. This is highly radio-active water left over from the original accident. However if they are properly monitoring how much water they add and take out they should be able to estimate how much water is leaking out of the cores. From a legal perspective if no records are kept of this stuff better for TepGov liability. From a practical humans point of view, it shouldn't be hard to monitor all these inputs and outputs if capacity gauges were installed on all waste storage tanks and records kept of fresh water volume input to reactor cooling system and waste water output.

    • Underground waterway's proximity to any of the three coriums is unknown as where the coriums are is apparently unknown by TepGov. If you believe TepGov. That means essentially amount of underground radioactive releases to groundwater are unknown.
      Have you read the Asahi article? I think its edited wrong. Should say
      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe based his assertion that seaborne radioactive substances have been completely blocked on the knowledge that lack of consistency in the sampling and analysis methods ensures confusion in presenting facts. "Many people don't even follow this issue" he said with a grin.

  • razzz razzz

    The Japanese have to try something to contain or slow down cooling water or freshwater or seawater or rainwater from being radioactively contaminated by the un-contained melts or I will be reading about the daily amounts of radioactivity being released every second into the environment until the end of my natural life.

    Granted there is no true bedrock at Daiichi and even then true bedrock can have cracks. There is hard compressed sediment at different levels that is called impenetrable, at least for water so that is a start. TEPCO's freestanding underground wall/dam seems to work as it backs up groundwater enough to cause even more problems, they need three more sides to surround the 3 leaking units.

    When ol' Arnie throws in the towel and says bury'em for 100 or 200 years, then you know how hopeless the situation seems. Arnie's second choice is to trench and install a barrier of zeolite to at least filter and absorb radionuclides.

    I think if they can freeze the ground, they can dig a trench to pour a concrete wall. Freeze, dig, pour as you go, small sections at a time.

    Like I said, they need to do something even if it is wrong because the current situation is getting worse and they need to find a way to lessen the amounts of contaminated water to be processed and hopefully the will end up with containment using a semi-closed cooling loop instead of this nonexistent containment they have now.

  • razzz razzz

    The word 'independent' is missing as the Japanese NRA says they will do testing for radioactivity. An outside source not associated with the Japanese government needs to do testing so the results will be believable. Hopefully some entity that has meters that will not red-line.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Many questions.
    If a reactor shuts down or scrams, it only takes days or weeks to cool to a state that rods can be removed, right?

    Why all the water if Fuku is in cold shutdown and coriums have not left containment and are not fissioning. Decay heat should be considerably lower by now after 2.5 years.

    Why is the water being contaminated to a very toxic degree on the outside of the reactors? The tanks right? Sure, the tanks.

    Can't be from SFP's, they are intact, right? Rods are intact with zirc cladding intact, right? They should have been able to take some of them out by now, right?
    They should be more manageable right now, even #4, what with all the cooling water, right?

    So maybe the coriums, in the catch well, are contaminating the cooling water from the inside, but, they should be cooler by now, 2.5 years, right? I mean, they are not fissioning, right?

    There should not be any noble gasses, trutium, iodine, and fission products, right? They are not fissioning, right?
    The radiation should be slowing down a bit by now, right?

    If you stand back and look, the coriums are in the ground, they are fissioning, the fuel rods are really not the issue, and the tank issue is only there to hide the truth.

    The coriums are in the ground and they are fissioning.

    It's the only way the equation computes…

  • Sickputer

    Remember when Ken and the Woods Hole bunch were offshore in March 2001-June 2011 taking measurements? TEPCO/DIET refused their access within 30 kilometers so they collected samples outside that perimeter.

    What did they find?

    "May 26, 2011

    New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl.

    “When it comes to the oceans, says Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceonographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, “the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl.”

    SP: 90 days into the crisis we had a grim assessment from a science expedition that was refused access to the areas closer to the Daiichi lagoon.

    It is not difficult to do the math of how much contamination is leaving Fukushima each day into the Pacific Ocean. You measure water contamination at various distances, figure out the depth of the water and the surface area and then calculate how much radiation is leaking each day.

    Ten-fold mistake by TEPCO in favor of lower water levels of radiation? More likely the truth is much higher. Possibly 100 or 1000 fold higher.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Buesseler and Woods Hole are using data from more that 2 years ago…
      They should mosey over there and take do some new sampling.
      Then perhaps he can offer something a bit more useful…than offer a broad statement like..“the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl.”

  • Jebus Jebus

    As Sickputer says above, Ken Buesseler warned everyone in May 2011.

    Toshiso Kosako, resigned and warned everyone in July 2011.

    Prime Minister’s former nuclear adviser: “There will be broader, more disturbing discoveries later this year” — “There will be a chaos”

    Published: July 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm ET
    By ENENews

    ENENews has been informing of each of these warnings all along.

    Hello? Is anyone home?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    As more and more people become ill, it'll become impossible to lie about the humongous amounts of radiation spewing from this nuclear catastrophe.

    • saltyfishlvr

      I figure the Governments will come up with some "new" disease, for which there is no cure, and antibiotics will be ineffective. After a year or two, a new Vaccine, of cesium and strontium, will be developed to prevent you from giving your disease to everyone else. The nuclear industry will be able to sell their excess elements to the pharmaceutical industry, who will sell it to the Doctors, who will sell it to the people, and then the morgues will prosper, as well as Hallmark and FTD. The economics of this will be astounding!

      • tarpus

        "I figure the Governments will come up with some "new" disease, for which there is no cure, and antibiotics will be ineffective." A little birdie has told me your first sentence hit it's mark…the response/resolution however, will be slightly different.

        "I know how these bastards think" – Hunter S. Thompson

  • Jebus Jebus

    In July and August, 2011, they flew Radiation surveys with helicopters all up and down the west coast.
    Where's that data?
    Oh ya, they were establishling baselines…

    Reminder: Radiation-surveying helicopter flights under way
    July 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

    A chopper based at Boeing Field is flying over local urban areas to get a baseline reading on “normal” radiation levels, not related to the Japan disaster, but as part of a two-year-old federal project.


  • Jebus Jebus

    Then the DHS scrapped checking for radiation from cargo containers in late July 2011. I guess they couldn't tell the fuku ones from the al qaeda ones…

    DHS scraps nukes-in-cargo-containers scan plan

    Your tax dollars fukued…

    • DH$ too busy finding ways to destroy the constitution…
      they don't have time for things like this…
      and those billions and billions of bullets they bought this year won't have anything to shoot….

  • weeman

    Let's get this right, if perchance this data is correct, which is quite possible if we have lost first and second containment and corium has left the building, do you realize what this means?
    I do, let's take a minute and contemplate, f u c k What a waste of DNA, the gift of life.

    • We Not They Finally

      Part of what is so bizarre and tragic here. That maybe some of these agencies are finally now way-too-late questioning what they've been told. They don't know that the Japanese genome is already gone? Their shock and surprise and slowness won't change that. Now they just desperately need to mitigate this so as not to destroy the rest of the world.

  • Jebus Jebus

    60 billion becquerels a day for 900 days is 54 terabecquerels
    into just the ocean.
    and counting.
    hell oh?

    • Anthony Anthony

      Animals and sea-life is reeling with it everywhere the current flows to and eating animals connect. Not a vet from the south to up in Alaska has come forth, on behalf of sick and dying coastal creatures to offer an explanation. We all remember the sick pups rescued in Cali right… do we all magically believe they all miraculously survived… I don't, they died. All of them, that's why the big reveal then nothing. Their lives have purpose that belonged to them.

      Mankind is supposed to be intelligent enough to do it the right way.

    • This is why I hate becquerels as a measure of radioactivity getting out. It's such a huge amount (disintegrations per second) that it's far too easy to fudge the numbers by exponential factors of ten. They can of course do that with curies too, and neither unit says anything about becquerels or curies of what (big difference in danger from different isotopes).

      After TMI2's meltdown the Technical Assessment Task Force of the Kemeny Commission 'lost' 150,000 curies of iodine-131 [figure based on percentage of core inventory available for release] just by rounding off the figure 7.65 million to 7.5 million. To make things 'easy', of course. I mean, it's not like anybody could ever be harmed by that 150,000 'lost' curies of iodine, right?

      By the way (just so you know), a curie is 37 billion becquerels, or 3.7 times 10^10 [ten to the tenth power] Bq.

  • Sol Man

    Honesty doesn't pay enough blood money to be practiced. Politicians and agency workers are too jaded to understand the ramifications of its loss. Unfortunately, I think the truth that we are not told is that we do not matter. Greed and hubris rule their world.

    We have destroyed water and the the sacred genomes!

    Is there anything that some humans have not destroyed?!

  • Cisco Cisco

    BP's original discharge estimates in the beginning of the Deep Horizon "spill" were 1000 barrels/day. A few months later BP stated after pressure from independent scientists that it was 5000 barrels/day. Once independent scientists/geologists got access to to the cameras and related data, that number swelled to 60,000 barrels/day. Many believe even the 60,000 barrels estimate was conservative/too low.

    TEPCO is still in charge of the testing. I'm inclined to believe were at the mid point, like the 5000 barrels/day that BP was fudging. It is reasonable to assume that like BP, TEPCO numbers are thousands of times less than actual discharge.

  • ftlt

    What ever happened to the Sink Hole

  • CaptD CaptD

    Here is an awesome video about the amount of water being used/contaminated at Fukushima…

  • vital1 vital1

    The data in this study is using Becquerels per gram Bq/g, so you need to multiply by 1000 to get Becquerels per Kilogram Bq/kg ! Note the charts are also using a Becquerels per gram scaling.


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