First video of groundwater pouring into basement of Fukushima Unit 1 turbine building — Mixes with highly contaminated water from melted down reactors and flows to Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

Published: September 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm ET


Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 5, 2013: […] TEPCO said Sept. 4 it confirmed groundwater is flowing into the first basement of the No. 1 reactor turbine building from the junction of the building and outside piping. To locate underground water influx, TEPCO drilled a hole on the first floor of the No. 1 turbine building […] an estimated 70,000 tons of radioactive water has already accumulated in the basements of the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactor and turbine buildings […] It has been said that groundwater is coming from junctions of the buildings and outside piping, as well as other areas. […]

Enformable, Sept. 5, 2013: […] For the first time, Tokyo Electric released video footage of groundwater flowing into the Unit 1 turbine building. Currently, it is estimated that groundwater flows into the reactor buildings at a rate of over 400 tons per day. Everyday contaminated groundwater also continues to flows directly into the Pacific Ocean, and no one knows when those leaks will be under control.

Japan Times, Sept. 5, 2013: […] more surveys [are needed] to determine exactly where it is entering. Cracks in the basement are considered a possibility. […] The groundwater is believed to be the primary source of the radioactive material entering the sea and potentially poses great danger to the environment. […] The water used to cool the fuel eventually flows into the turbine building, where it is believed to mingle with water intruding from outside. The turbine building is also connected to an underground trench that runs toward the coast. Highly radioactive water from the trench is believed to be mixing with separate groundwater flows before entering the sea. […]

Euronews, Sept. 5, 2013: […] Water has also been leaking into the buildings’ understructure after being in contact with the partly melted down reactors […] Two years after the accident the public has an impression that the disaster is still out of control and that there have been attempts to hide this from them.

La Prensa, Sept. 5, 2013: […] TEPCO now will evaluate how much groundwater is flowing into the building through that opening. […] Some 300 tons of contaminated water, meanwhile, is estimated to make its way every day from the basements into the Pacific Ocean. […]

Watch video of the groundwater flowing in here

Published: September 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm ET


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72 comments to First video of groundwater pouring into basement of Fukushima Unit 1 turbine building — Mixes with highly contaminated water from melted down reactors and flows to Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

  • jec jec

    No steam, not hot…but lots of sounds of running water from one tiny hole/camera….so the corium of Reactor 1 is NOT HOME….its outside of containment..a melted blob somewhere. To view the video,do not click on language, just let the video run.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I thought it looked a tad foggy but it could be my vision but yes sounds like rapids on a river and obviously the containment is empty.

    • razzz razzz

      That drilled hole and camera shot is in the Unit 1's turbine building, not 1's reactor building. Each reactor building is connected to a turbine building via tunnels for piping and wiring. Apparently the each building's foundation are separate and can move independently of each other during a earthquake. So, connecting tunnels can flex and crack letting water in or out.

  • weeman

    It's the first video on tepco site that worries me, I believe that shows the current in the water of turbine building, check it out, it is underwater footage and the red flags are moving vigorously in the current.
    Want to know temp of water and radiation levels of water.

    • razzz razzz

      That video with underwater flags waving was interesting, water was flowing like a river complete was particles traveling along with the flow.

  • captndano captndano

    Hmm, rubber boots, coveralls and gloves. Apparently they don't know beta and gamma rays pass right on through 🙁

    • bo bo

      Those workers don't know beta or gamma… I hear they are barely literate with nothing more than highschool education, if any…

      • captndano captndano

        Barely literate!!??…heaven help us all :{

        • bo bo

          I know everybody is frustrated, and wants to replace them with a smarter crew… but if you were smart you wouldn't put yourself in such a position.. unfortunately they are truly irreplaceable… so so sad and horrifying

          • dosdos dosdos

            "Neutron fodder" is an apt label for them.

          • babbo dorian babbo dorian

            It's very simple….. tepco/gov are killing people by the thousands…. and they know it but… they "must" keep the show going on" while it lasts.
            Because "they" know the ver y problem is worse… the breeding reactor of nombre 3.
            The building breeding plutonium dar grade …. Japón is acting at the back of its people supporting usa in their nuclear race against humanity.
            The swimming polo number 4 and plutonium at 3 will kill thousands of millions quiet soon….. and we all will see and suffer it…. if alive.
            Add this to the crazy killing attitud of usa in creating a scenario of world war III and get your conclusions.

        • This is nothing new.

          Stories have come out from even 'smart' nuclear workers here in the US, or military folks. They were told not to worry about the radiation, they checked their meters and it was all 'safe', and would not affect them. The workers and military folks believed and stayed.

          Love and trust is sometimes twisted and warped into something that kills and causes suffering.

          Be careful who you love AND trust. They may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, holding lots of degrees, equipment and be in a position of power. IT is ok to love everyone, but be very careful with the trust part.

          Trust, but at the very least, VERIFY, with other sources. Ask lots of questions, and never stop asking. The liars, cheats, scoundrels and frauds run out of answers, and get tripped up eventually.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Very few people living in this world today know the difference between beta and gamma radiation.

        That was the Nuclear plan all along….stupid is as stupid does!

        • Years ago Enenews reported on "Temp" workers recruited from areas known for alcoholic/junkie/criminal types desperate. They get crap money and often Yakusa owned agencies profit. Records aren't kept as the responsibility of Tepco diminishes with middle men.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Here is something that has been bothering me… What happens to the molten rock as the corium melt its way toward the Earth core? Does it re-solidify as the corium passes by? Is he rock vaporized, leaving a relatively smooth hole? Might be nice to know, since it has never happened before.

    • That would be interesting.. but no one seems to be interested in that kind of scientific research.

      The Faux science types are more interested in making fake stuff up, tossing it into a computer, and spitting out more fake stuff. No more science, just faux facts. Faux science is all the rage right now.

    • waterbug

      The corium at 3000f would incorporate the rock.
      Since the corium is probably in more than one stream, the progress through the ground would not be uniform. I would assume it would leave a glazed hole in solid rock.
      The geology of the site is sedimentary 'mudstone'.
      A old limited study on corium had it 16 to 20 feet into the ground before it incorporated enough impurities to slow its progress by dissipating heat.
      That's not to say that 100 ton corium blobs don't do what they want to do.. lol

      • crystalwind crystalwind

        Leaving a glazed hole behind might be right. That's what the fission-powered earth-borers do. Can't remember the name of the company I found. I went to their website once. Their earth-borer tunneled at a rate of 7 miles per day. As the diamond tips chewed in front, nuclear-powered heat melts the sides, creating a glass-smooth tunnel.

      • fuganzi

        Argonne Labs did, in fact run several experiments in 2000-2007 with molten uranium. I think that this is where the 6cm-per-hour figure came from, for fuel burning at 3500 deg C.

        From what I understand, molten corium is not only hot enough to MELT rock, but it will also vaporize it. So rock will NOT mix with corium, and dilute it. The Uranium will not vaporize until it hits about 8000 deg C; there is nothing you can mix it with, that will get anywhere near it, to dilute it. When it begins to cool, then it can mix with some molten rock, but then the melting point is depressed; so it hits an equilibrium at some temperature point just above the vaporization temp. of the rock. (different rock varies).

        The upshot of this research was to engineer a "core catcher" device, to divert the lava into a flat shape which can be more efficiently cooled, (and dispersed to a subcritical form) before it burns through the concrete.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Something like returning from your trip to the center of the earth as the lava takes you to safety!

      Great movie..

  • Maybe we will even bring back the flat earth facts, and the fall of the edge of the earth facts, and the earth is the center of the universe facts.

    It all fits together so nicely… dogma, dogma, dogma… win win win.

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Hello to all ENENewsers … Watching these workers perform their task of inspecting for leaks should convince the world that Japan has no chance of survival … this level of investment of resources to protect themselves is pathetic … it would seem that this is all just more of the stall tactics that have been in place from the beggining … the Nuclear Profiteers know that Fukushima will be completely lost and will be the "Tipping Point" of a global nuclear holocaust … $$POD$$

    • There is a chance of saving this.. but the powers that be have to surrender and ask for help, not just from the international community, but from the REAL power in this universe.. and then accept what appears, no matter how strange or unusual it looks or sounds.

      Who knows… a UFO may hover overhead and neutralize the whole thing.

      But we have to ASK, and be willing to accept the help, while being HUMBLE, TOTALLY OPEN, HONEST, LOVING and MORAL.

      The more it goes the other way, the less help we get on all levels, and the worse it all turns out, in order to teach a lesson.

      Addicts and those who worship idols have to hit bottom sometime, but it usually involves A LOT of suffering.

      Every failure is just another step closer to a win. Never stop trying.-Robert M. Hensel

      • Oh yes the Aliens. They are betting on us. Said one alien to the other at a bar. "Damn! These humans are so stupid I bet they could destroy not only themselves but that big beautiful planet we built for them. Its all about an alien bar bet!

  • SteveMT

    "TEPCO drilled a hole on the first floor of the No. 1 turbine building"

    This is a triple-win using TEPCO's warped logic. Eliminate 400 tons of radioactive water per day, cool what's left of the cores, then the water magically disappears (into the ocean) and TEPCO cannot trace where it went. Truth IS stranger than fiction where this company is concerned.

  • The following may or may NOT be related to increased radioactivity, but it must be kept in mind and added to other medical abnormalities in the West Coast, such as thyroid problems in babies. –


    Birth Defects Cluster in Washington Remains Mysterious

    Health officials investigating a spike in cases of a fatal birth defect in central Washington state have found no common cause linking the cases, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The investigation began last year when a local hospital alerted the state health department to an unusually high number of babies born with a rare birth defect called anencephaly, in which parts of the baby’s brain and skull are missing.

    Read more –


    • Comments following that report indicate that the counties affected surround that other ticking bomb on our coast, the infamous Hanford nuclear storage site – also leaking dangerous levels of radioactivity.

      • Mack Mack

        Hi Tracy W –

        Just FYI,

        * Anencephaly and other "Neural Tube Defects" were found after Chernobyl.

        * Increases in ancephaly are noted in the book "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment"

        See pages 126 (table 5.68); page 127 (table 5.70); pages 132

        * The author of that book, Dr. Yablokov, discussed Chernobyl health effects at the Fukushima Symposium which can be viewed here:

        * Also at the Fukushima Symposium, Dr. Wertelecki said that a Hanford study on Ionizing Radiation causing Congential Malformations found a statistically-significant elevated Neural Tube Defect rate – but the study was dismissed because it contradicted the atomic bomb study

        Dr. Wertelecki's presentation can be viewed here:

        * Also, this Turkish study discusses anencephaly increases in Turkey from Chernobyl

        Mocan, H., Bozkaya, H., Mocan, Z. M. & Furtun, E. M.
        (1990). Changing incidence of anencephaly in the
        eastern Black Sea region of Turkey and Chernobyl.
        Paediat. Perinat. Epidemiol. 4: 264–268

        • Hi Mack,

          excellent links. Thank you.

          In fact, the Chernobyl experience will turn out to be only the introductory chapter to what's to come from Fukushima and other nuclear disasters just waiting to happen.

          I don't think we can even imagine what the situation will be for children being born now and growing up in this global radiation soup.

          Our government authorities are already involved in a great deal of intimidation to suppress the truth about some inconvenient political and medical issues (vaccines comes to mind).

          I would not be surprised if there is a concerted international effort to silence those who want to publicize statistics about health anomalies caused by environmental radiation. Rule number one in any crisis is always to avert panic.

          They'll try to discredit the most reputable whistleblowers, and if that does not work, they'll resort to other methods of persuasion.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Excellent Mack! Stay the are very wise.

    • From RT news link above;

      "Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism."

      Look for cause/effect…

      This one is chalked up to Fukushima, not Hanford…

      Hanford was bad, bad, bad, no mistake about it, and it still is, but Fukushima is oh so much worse, by orders of magnitude.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Gee that doesn't sound like radiation contamination. That sound like the baby was birthed inside a hot nuclear core!

    There are lots of these ticking time bombs called NPP's and I would advise everyone to move away from and up wind from any sitting star ready to explode or NPP in the US or found anywhere else around the world!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    You are wiser! 🙂 Stay the course!

  • We are all equal and One.

    May the force be with you Obewan.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sadly this "all are equal and one" is not something taught inside our "Land of OZ" world today!

    May the force be with you always! Too!

  • WavyGravy unobtanium

    "… more surveys [are needed] to determine exactly where it is entering. Cracks in the basement are considered a possibility…"

    Ya think?

    Hi all, this is my first post after being a compulsive lurker for quite some time. I just wish I could have registered under less foreboding circumstances.
    Nevertheless, staying informed is half the battle and my somewhat rudimentary knowledge of the Fuku disaster came in handy tonight when my wife was debating buying some Pacific salmon fillets at the grocery store.
    I was able to convince her it was perhaps a bad idea after citing stats on how irradiated it might possibly be.

    • And the next logical step is to inform the store manager about what you are doing and why.

      Encourage him or her to buy a pancake detector or even something much better, so that you will feel safe buying food from his store and give him your business.


      Store owners who are smart are doing this in Japan.

      Our 'safe' radiation levels are 10X what Japan has, so they can export their 'dirty' food over here and it will be legal to eat here.


      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        The yellow cake radiation information storm approaches all those living downwind and stream and it will not be a pretty one!

        Should Bobby be prepared for future contaminated fish food riots in the streets?

      • @ Dr. Goodheart

        Some uses for radioactive and mutated fish:

        Fishmeal is already used for animal food and as fertilizer.

        So during the period of transition, while fishermen find another way of making a living, and as fish consumption goes down, most of the fish they catch can still be used for the manufacture of animal food.

        That's where all revolting animal parts go anyway, including the carcasses of animals too sick to be sold for human consumption. There are rumors that some manufacturers even use euthanized pets in the mix.

        So who is going to check that those pellets with that delicious tuna aroma are actually highly radioactive?


        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Nobody and the vets are going to make a killing.. oops.. to be very happy!

          Mo Money! Gimme Mo of your Money!

          Bobby's animals sadly will become very sick…

          • To Obewanspeaks,

            I just lost my beloved cat a couple of weeks ago. He was seventeen years old. I've been heartbroken. I've also been thinking about the food he was eating all these years. It was the best food I could find, and still… I'm sure it was barely adequate.

            But he was a very smart feline and trained me to give him soft-boiled egg yolk three times a day. He also loved eating probiotic organic yogourt and green pea puree.

            So if I ever have another cat I will make sure that he grows up eating mostly human food, and only a little cat food on the side, in case he is ever hospitalized so he won't find cat food too unfamiliar.

            I'm way off topic here, but for some of us pets are treasured just like children.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Tracy. so sorry for your loss and 17 years was a very good long life for your feline.

              By all means replace your loss with another that also will appreciate/ needs and wants your love and protection!

              I love animals…too!

              • Thank you. I will probably adopt a homeless kitten when I feel ready. I need some time.

                • crystalwind crystalwind

                  @Tracy. My four old doggies lived to 15 and 19 years of age. I fed them like you did your kitty–I handmade their food and added vitamins, etc etc. I detoxed them along with myself regularly. I'm sure they must have just tolerated some interesting recipes because they loved me. Condolences.

                  • @ Crystalwind,

                    thank you for your comment of support.

                    My first cat came into my life in 1991. She was the love of my life. I was an inexperienced "mother" at that time.

                    Then I adopted my second kitten in 1996. Still inexperienced, I trusted vets too much.

                    And that's the other issue that pet owners must be wary of: vets who prescribe treatments that are not always the best for their animals.

                    But my kitties survived. The first one to age 16, the other to age 17.

                    I could tell you stories about vet malpractice that I've heard from other pet owners. All those unnecessary operations. And vets either don't know or don't tell you about their medication long term side effects.


                    Anyway, if I adopt a kitty again, I will feed him 90% home-made food. I'm not compromising, no matter what the vet says.


                    Another issue is vaccinations. Vets push for yearly boosters which have very bad consequences for animals – and are completely unnecessary.


                    That your dogs lived to such an unusual old age is proof that a natural diet protects their organs' health. What goes into commercial pet food, and the process to make it long lasting on the shelves, is quite disgusting.

                    And now with all these radioactive and mutated fish, there's no doubt that they will end up being used in the animal food industry.

      • WavyGravy unobtanium

        Good idea, but talking to people (or businesses) about Fukushima generally results in people looking at me like I have three noses, although three noses might be a pretty common thing in the near future.
        Seriously, normalcy bias seems to prevent most of the MSM indoctrinated majority from considering such alarming news.
        But I know I still need to try.

    • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

      Hello and welcome unobtanium … My reply is a little bit late … I like your choice of chemical element name … when I am in chemical element form my name is MoeLarryium (Curly became Curlyium all by himself) … $$POD$$

  • InfoPest InfoPest

    This Guy, Tim Worstall, At Forbes Is Such A Corporate Propaganda Sleazebag I just can't stand him. Here's his latest Fuku Whitewash.

    And here's the comment I posted on Forbes.

    I’m starting to wonder about you and your obsession with Bananas. Your last story about Fukushima, “The Fukushima Radiation Leak Is Equal To 76 Million Bananas” and now here you go again with more references to Bananas. Is there something about a Banana that gets your fingers so excited that you just can’t stop yourself from typing about Bananas. You know that kind of obsessive compulsive thinking can warp your cognitive abilities. You might start thinking that the “China Syndrome” multiplied by 3 is a good thing. Like a Banana. Now repeat after me, “Bananas Good, Nuclear Meltdowns Bad. Bananas Good, Glow In The Dark Tuna Bad.” Now go play with your Banana and stop typing.


    • Sickputer

      Yes IFP, the Forbes hired guns like Conca and his banana-head sidekick Timmie ("Lassie come home! I have a nice strontium burger for your lunch!") are a delightful read for 80-year-old Wall Street retirees, but these corporate-supported Big Brother lies are wearing thin even with the unwashed, unread, Joe Sixpack crowd.

      No need to taunt the monkeys anymore…their convoluted defenses of the sanctity of nuclear power are becoming as desperate as Fukushima Daiichi has become. Now even Joe Six Pack has read the TEPCO-Diet creeps are inveterate liars and not to be trusted. The Concas and Worstalls of the world must dig deeper for increasingly feebler defenses of their beloved nuclear benefactors.

      Probably pays well defending a quadrillion dollar industry that is too damn cheap to intervene at Daiichi. The higher ups probably drink 10,000 year old glacier water, eat Chilean sea bass and apples and have HEPA filters galore for the family abode.

      BTW…Love Worstall's use of a "stout paid of boots" (hire a proofreader Timmie… your article reeks of sloppy typing) to deflect beta radiation. I'm sure the poor long dead Dr. Frankenstein plutonium beagles will vouch for that literary gem (Not!).

      "Lung, liver and bone cancer mortality after plutonium exposure in beagle dogs and nuclear workers."

  • So this mountain fed groundwater is at a trickle right now. My backyard mountain stream here on the mountain goes from quiet pools of a small stream to a powerful whitewater force that will carry away children. Right now the water level is low as it is dry. What happens when it is the rainy season. See how close the mountains are to this disaster.

    Japan rainfall

  • captndano captndano

    OK, so here's a crazy idea from a guy who's only nuclear expertise comes from staying in a Holiday Inn hotel….

    Why couldn't they enlist a fracking company to bore down a couple of miles in order to create a path downward for the corium blob to follow? Seems to me, since it's gravity that's pulling it down, it should follow the path of least resistance, and will naturally follow the bore hole.

    As the corium continues its descent down the bore hole, the contaminated water should follow. Then, they even might be able to dump all that waste material down the hole. Once the corium is down deep enough and the waste material is dumped down the hole, cap it off with a concrete plug.

    Now, this may not work for Fukushima since they really don't know where the blob is, but they could start boring well holes underneath other plants.

    Like I said, I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night 😉

  • This is a good diagram of what Tepco plans to do and is an excellent visual aid.

    Unfortunately that is all I found on Fukushima at CBC. This is the sub story of Fukushima, the information supression. While it is a good visual aid there are no radiation measurements or measure of crisis. I'm outraged they would even use the word containment and Fukushima in a sentence. Who made the decision to lie to me?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima plant's radiation levels jump in wake of earthquake
    20 per cent hike near storage tanks
    Sept 5 2013

  • rockyourworld

    maybe they dump it there off camera

  • ftlt

    I must admit, I was ready for a lot of water in the video… Pretty underwhelming IMO…

    This thing is so screwed up… The media are as bad as Tepoc sometimes..

  • SusanS

    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    News and vids from Tepco has no significance, as proven by previous information from them. Please stay mindful of this.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Flapdoodle asks: "What happens to the molten rock as the corium melt its way toward the Earth core? Does it re-solidify as the corium passes by? Is the rock vaporized, leaving a relatively smooth hole?"

    The FDNPP site was cut from a cliff of mudrock. Mudrock is a porous rock of compressed sand and stones. Water flows nicely through the porous mudrock. Corium would have melted the sand into a glass material, and would have left behind a glass-lined corium lava tube. The corium lava tubes would be filled with groundwater and debris of re-solidified rock and nuclear material. Groundwater is picking up corium debris, becoming heavily contaminated, and flowing on into the Ocean. The little trickle of water in the TEPCO videos is disinformation, misdirection, and sleight-of-hand, IMHO.

    The real problem for the genomic health of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem is that some of the estimated 1,000 tonnes a day of groundwater flowing under (not through) the buildings, is coming into contact with corium lava tubes, and entering the ocean.

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Sorry for saying this but…..
    The point of releasing bad information in all of this is just because actors know that something really big is at any moment about to happen.
    And will.
    We must better be ready for the worst.
    If the worst do not happen… anyway we do not loose anything.