France: 20 times more cesium was released from Fukushima into sea than TEPCO claims

Published: October 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am ET


Oct. 28 — “On October 27, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN, Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire) of France announced its research report in which the researchers estimated the total amount of radioactive cesium-137 leaked from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean was 27,100 terrabecquerels from March 21 to mid July. The IRSN estimate is 20 times as much as the estimate announced in June by TEPCO,” According to EX-SKF’s translation of an article today in the Jiji Press.

See the IRSN’s report here (French):

Published: October 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am ET


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10 comments to France: 20 times more cesium was released from Fukushima into sea than TEPCO claims

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    And 20 times more uranium, plutonium, and everything else on the immense list of nuclides. And likely more than 20 times. And continuing to leak.

    And the only thing covered in the MSM? The bloody free vacations being handed out to Fuku.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Thanks midwestern
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  • radegan

    “See! We kept telling your our gauges were malfunctioning.”

  • dosdos dosdos

    With all the facts in now, regarding the total petabequerels released, the press will still probably be calling Fukushima the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. While the wording is true in the strict sense, it is the worst since, it is also the worst nuclear disaster in history, period. But will the idiot press change that statement to reflect the truth of the implication? Not likely…..

  • Sickputer

    I guess this means the IRSN won’t be getting a Christmas card from Areva this year.

    You guys have guts IRSN. Watch your backs.

  • arclight arclight

    the IRSN have pulled no punches..from the IRSN website babel fished

    “However, the localization of the site of Fukushima allowed an exceptional dispersion of the radionuclides, with one of the most important currents of the sphere which moved away the water contaminated towards the broad one in the Pacific Ocean. Thus, the results of measurement obtained in sea water and the coastal sediments let suppose that the consequences of the accident, in terms of protection against radiation, would become weak for the pelagic species starting from the autumn 2011 (weak concentrations in sea water and limited sedimentary storage).

    However, a significant pollution of sea water on the littoral close to the broken power station could persist in time, because of the continuous radioactive substance contributions transported towards the sea by the streaming of surface water on contaminated grounds. Moreover, certain zones of the littoral, not yet identified, could show conditions of dilution or sedimentation less favorable than those observed until now. Lastly, the possible presence of other persistent radionuclides, like strontium 90 or plutonium, was not sufficiently characterized by measurements.”


    so the silt holds onto the isotopes well!

    they mention ongoing pollution!

    they talk about other isotopes!

    for a minute there i thought the IRSN staff read enenews…but they didnt talk about sea to land contamination…but theve done a good job here…merci beaucoup IRSN…nice to see some integrity around 🙂