Fukushima Governor: This is a national emergency — Massive radioactive leak causes top officials to hold emergency meeting — Tepco: Leakage believed to be continuing Tuesday

Published: August 20th, 2013 at 6:15 am ET
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NHK, Aug 20, 2013: Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato has urged the central government to take the initiative in dealing with the wastewater leak at Fukushima Daiichi [...] The prefecture’s top officials held an emergency meeting on Tuesday following Monday’s revelation of a massive leak of radioactive water from a storage tank. The governor described the situation as a national emergency [...] Senior Fukushima prefectural official Shoji Furuichi [...] asked [Tepco] to quickly find out whether the leak has contaminated the environment. Furuichi called the leak extremely regrettable [...]

All β = 80,000,000 Bq/liter
Total Cesium = 146,000 Bq/liter
Cobalt-60 = 1,200 Bq/liter

AFP, August 20, 2013: TEPCO reports worst radioactive leak from tank at Japan’s Fukushima [...] Some 300 tonnes of radioactive water is believed to have leaked from a tank at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, the worst such leak since the crisis began, the operator said Tuesday. [TEPCO] said the leak was believed to be continuing Tuesday at Fukushima and it had not yet pinpointed the source of it. [...] But the latest leak was the worst from a tank in terms of volume, the TEPCO spokesman said. TEPCO admitted the toxic water might contaminate groundwater and flow into the Pacific Ocean “in the longer term” [...] So far four tonnes of the spilled water had been retrieved since Monday evening [...]

See also: Officials: 'Nuclear Fuel Material' or the like leaked during today's Level 1 event near Unit 4 at Fukushima plant -- "We will explain this incident in the press conference" (MAP)

Published: August 20th, 2013 at 6:15 am ET
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35 comments to Fukushima Governor: This is a national emergency — Massive radioactive leak causes top officials to hold emergency meeting — Tepco: Leakage believed to be continuing Tuesday

  • nedlifromvermont

    Thank you Governor for speaking out!

    Maybe you could hold a press conference on the street outside GE corporate offices in Stamford, CT. Advertise it on this site and I will come down to interview you, YouTube you, a la Michael Moore.

    You need to get a little more upset.

    GE does have a small insurance policy to ask for damages … sixty or seventy million … enough to pay for two or three Supertankers … which have double hulls … and which don't leak … and then you don't need to let it all go into the ocean … It can decay in the tanker … or be reprocessed in GE's board room …

    Oh right, they're not responsible … they were just doing what their evil masters at JP Morgan bank were telling them to do …

    And they don't make cancer causing stuff … wait a minute, Yes they do … but that is what feeds their cancer diagnostics business (pure, dead brilliant)

    So they give you cancer, then it kills you slowly enough, so they can take all your money for Cat Scans, so you can see yourself dying on digital tv's (which they also make and sell)

    and this "business plan" won a student award at Harvard Business School … so there you have it

    "GE eeeee We Bring Good Things To Life"

    (only fly in the radioactive ointment: Yakuza don't give a shit about Mr. Immler's stock price … or his swanky shoes)

    Thanks be to GE.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    …actually, I think this sort of thing has been going on for a couple of years now. just sayn…


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    …lines like "the worst such leak since the crisis began", are starting to piss me off! the leaks are ongoing. there has been only one massive whopping great big leak and it started more than two bloody years ago!…..excuse me.


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  • larry-andrew-nils

    yeah, well canada here and i taste metal in my mouth worse than 2 years ago so i think there is some truth to " worse since began"
    'i like heavy metal but not the kind you can taste… no solid poops either, just saying.


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  • larry-andrew-nils

    i think we have to all be accumulating. that's what the stuff does. goes in and poses as building blocks for our bodies.

    really tired lately too. low energy. feel like being mad about this as usual but am seeing more and more that anger won't stop the flow of man-made killer-radio-nuclides.

    so we may go the way of the platypus.

    yes, they're not extinct yet, but they will be. haha

    i can hear the fat lady warming up her vocal chords backstage.


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  • Jebus

    Please remember who is riding the horse here and the spin she is putting the horse into as it falters and heaves from her weight…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara,_Lady_Judge

    This is all predetermined spin to minimize and deceive…

    It's all about the yen, dollar, ect… at the expense of everyones health.

    Now, excuse me while I vomit from her inner beauty…


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  • ion jean ion jean

    300 tons seems to be a repetitive number in TEPCOs vocabulary. Makes me question ANY number EVER quoted by them…

    No wonder the Japanese national government wants to suspend and rewrite human rights OUT of their new one, which brings back more empirical values like putting your own individual health needs (their birthright!) behind those of the emperor and/or greater common good…No more anti-Nuke protests in the streets, no more long lines at the pediatricians' office, lots more time for golf and dinner parties for the J-elite and once the emperor takes Ann Coulter for a wife, the nation will be eating Hot Tekka Maki for generations to come and Lovin It!

    Christina Consolo all over RT, Infowars, YT about this Unit 4 fuel removal.

    What I'm wondering is if local officials today are calling this a "national" emergency, they must know that a recriticality is occurring, but they've got an uphill battle dealing with the global ProNuclear Crime Syndicate which pours from the mouth of GE to the ears of Japan's parliament, evidently, or these boys would have cleaned up their nasty mess by now, at least up to Chernobyl standards.

    See, TEPCO, as a front for all nuclear profiteers, has been banking on this entire plant eroding and washing off the coast into the Pacific so they don't have to deal with it any more. They learned that trick from watching the US and UK then USSR dumping radioactive waste by the barrelful into their oceans in the 1940s and 50s.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    300..does seem to be the trendy number.

    Fukushima worker “300m3 of leaked water went to the radio relay station area” / Worst place to flow to
    Aug 20 2013

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/08/fukushima-worker-300m3-of-leaked-water-went-to-the-redio-relay-station-area-worst-place-to-flow-to/


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    The ProfitOfDoom says "And the people scattered like roaches when the light came on" … as you might have guessed, I am the kind of Prophet that grew up in less than desireable conditions … $$POD$$


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hey..did the Corps of Engineers go to help?…because here comes the sandbags.

    Workers raced to place sandbags around the leak at the site to stem the spread of the water, a task made more urgent by a forecast of heavy rain for the Fukushima region later in the day
    Aug 20 2013

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/world/asia/300-tons-of-contaminated-water-leak-from-japanese-nuclear-plant.html?_r=0


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  • nedlifromvermont

    diking … diking and more diking … the water they could use in west Texas … no time for a proper levee …

    now what about Turkey Point at 2 feet above sea level … for the enite 6,000 acre nuclear energy park??

    a la weeman, "pure, dead, f**king brilliant, lads!"

    Now, all at a once, "Thanks be to GE."


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  • Slingerss Slingerss

    So, now number 4 is gone. My question is WHY is this NEVER EVER on the news in the US??? Same old news crap, different day. Benghazi, Boston Bomber, Blah Blah Blah.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Situation is becoming more unstable by the day, it seems.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    It is sickening, in more ways that one, watching for the inarticulate major premise behind each misleading public understatement: "This is a national emergency" follows from "it is confined to Japan", when it should have read "This is a worldwide emergency, starting in Japan and effecting everyone in the world".


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  • rockyourworld

    japan's upset because fukushima is dragging down their economy. thats the only emergency in their govts mind.


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  • rockyourworld

    oh and by the way the leakage has been continuing for years. oh thats right, its contained to the soil! wink wink


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  • rockyourworld

    fukushima is a win win for our govt, they can blame japan and not hanford


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  • bo bo

    I know st.louis has also been blaming rads on fuku for a while now… I don't think it's just fuku… the burning landfill…. what's the update on that?


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I don't know if it will matter too much but I submitted another letter to a bunch of news outlets, linking many of the ongoing Fuku news items that have been coming out lately, along with the numerous reports of west coast US and Canada fish die-offs, seal pup sickness, etc.


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  • Sol Man

    All of the alphabet agencies built to engender fear at one level or another must use their time and energy to take care of their own families instead of running around creating a worse, and more fearful, situation. This as winds, or waves of becquerels are delivered to ALL equally. PEACE.


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  • Sol Man

    This is, and has been, a universal emergency from day one.


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  • AB AB

    Japan is Doomed anyhow. Thanks for destroying the Pacific Ocean. Japan is a perfect example of an Illuminati-run fascist regime that has conditioned total obedience in its citizenry. The result? Democide, when a country decides to to kill off its population.

    But now, with this out in the open, in spite of it being stated since the fiasco started, the whole Northern hemisphere is being affected.

    Time to declare war on NUKE ENERGY.

    Wait! They have this all timed like clockwork. Just wait and see. There are already plans to have South Korea, Japan, the US and China build Nuke Plants all along Mexico, especially in Baja California. The front man to all this is Carlos Slim, the Mexican-Lebanese(Muslim) telecomm mogul. He just bought practically half of the Baja desert to develop nuke plants, exploit the gas reserves and oil reserves that were discovered in the highly seismic and volcanic region.


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  • AB AB

    Fact: Baja California is the Mexican state that has more dormant volcanoes in all of Mexico.


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  • StevenStarr

    Worried about the 300 tons you can see coming out of the tank? How about the 300 tons per day that the Japanese government admits has been leaking into the Pacific since the accident occurred in March, 2011? See the August 10, 2013, article in Russia Today (yes, now the US has to turn to Russia to get news that the US corporate media will not cover: http://rt.com/news/fukushima-water-overrun-barrier-335/
    "Japan’s Ministry of Industry has recently estimated that some 300 tons of contaminated groundwater have been flowing into the ocean daily ever since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster."


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  • fuganzi

    Well, you've got Uranium fissioning, and it splits down into various byproducts, Iodine, Xenon, Nitrogen, Caesium, Strontium. . . etc.

    All of these byproducts are also unstable, and as they decay, they split down to other byproducts as well. During their decay, neutrons are released, and some of the material around these products is also transmuted.

    And now this stuff is leaking out, and they're trying to collect it and put it into tanks.

    So when all these new elements are released, how many are chemically reactive, and how many will combine into compounds with others, and with the water, and other impurities in the water (some of which, are absorbed from the ground, before they pump it up)?

    How many of these new, unknown compounds are going to react with the material of the container, and hoses and pipes? How many of these new, unknown compounds will, over time, eat at seams and welds, causing these containers to leak? How much radiation (alpha and beta particles) will containers take before they're structurally weakened by it? We know that this happens at Hanford. Waste containers last nowhere near as long as they planned. Then they leak out years later, and there's more problems.

    They say nuclear power is safe, and they STILL have no solution for long-term storage of waste.


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