Ex-Fukushima Nuclear Worker: Concern about land subsidence at plant due to pumping up groundwater — “I think Tepco knows”

Published: May 6th, 2013 at 2:05 pm ET


Tweet from former Fukushima worker @Happy11311 translated by Fukushima Diary:

[…] the plant area may have a land subsidence depending on the volume of water to pump up. I think Tepco knows that…

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Published: May 6th, 2013 at 2:05 pm ET


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17 comments to Ex-Fukushima Nuclear Worker: Concern about land subsidence at plant due to pumping up groundwater — “I think Tepco knows”

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    TEPCO is damned if they pump, and damned if they don't.

    What are the risks if they pump?
    Land subsidence, risking the stability of the wrecked reactor buildings, endangering spent fuel pools.
    Heating up of water-cooled melted fuel in the ground under the reactors.
    Increasing radiation released to the air from melted fuel.
    Increasing radiation into the Pacific Ocean as contaminated water drains from the ruins.

    What are the risks if they don't pump?
    Continued releases of highly contaminated ground water into the Pacific Ocean.
    Continued destruction of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem.
    Continued destruction of the Pacific Seafood Industry.


    • norbu norbu

      A no win situation.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        The sooner Japan, or at least the eastern coast, slides into the ocean, the better for TEPCO and the Japanese government. Once the bulk of the facility – and all the contamination with it – becomes seafloor, the sooner they can announce the whole situation has been solved and fixed.

        They don't care who goes with it – ten people or ten million – as long as they can declare it's over and time to move on. Every government with a stake in nuclear power is hoping the same.

        It's a no-win for everyone else, but no one but us seems to care…

        • We Not They Finally

          Well, except maybe for the part about that including TOKYO. Tokyo is sort of already "lost," but that's the base of Japanese economy and prestige, so it has to LOOK LIKE it's o.k. Meanwhile (unbelievably!!), the Nikkei financial index, their stock market, hit its highest point today since mid-2008. Surreal….

        • hbjon hbjon

          A great pyramid will be the symbol of life, energy, and well-being. Surrounded by beautiful sunflower plants and wind mills. A vision into the future..oO(one thing missing tho)

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  • weeman

    Ever action has a reaction that is a givin, you can only take the course of least resistance and with radiation it is highly conductive? Huston we have a problem.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I think that the concern of subsidence needs to be considered in the light of the already present subsidence..

    "According to the Secretary of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the ground beneath Unit 4 has already sunk by about 31.5 inches since the disaster, and this sinking has taken place unevenly. If the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, or if another earthquake of even as low as a magnitude six occurs in the region, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown".

    Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse
    Oct 16 2012


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Look what one nuclear plant accident is doing to a country, and we have at least a hundred years to go.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    TBP, Look was it's doing to the world, it will only get worse, may GOD reach down & touch all of us to see that man is not in control, man screwd up & it will take a act of GOD to fix this one! Not one ocean has been spared, love Russia, the USA, France, The UK & the rest who thought that nuke power was safe, when all the time all the waste pilled up with no place to put it, so what they do? Dump it into the seas, cover it up in land filles & GOD know what else thay have done with & just think, O's head of the EPA wants to mix RAD waste steel products into clean steel & so you can cook & eat with this stuff made of seel that no nuke plant wants! Common sinse has been gone by the way side!

  • fill er up

    and here i was worried about another 9 pointer taking out fukushima!

  • SophieQ

    It's called 'Japanese Roulette'. Instead of one bullet though we have Fukushima and the other 'build on a crack' NPP's.
    From the movie 'Deer Hunter', which portrays the TEPCO attitude best:


  • We Not They Finally

    And to think that this was all built on a LANDFILL to begin with. Creepy.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Why All Nuclear Power Plants Must Be Shut Down

    On 3/11; 15-24 Nuclear Reactors/SFP’s In Japan Were Damaged, Not 3 or 4; via @AGreenRoad

  • Sol Man

    Well, at least a small group of people have made very much money during the nuclear disaster, and it has been an absolute disaster since it first "controlled" reaction. Consider what has been given to our children now and of the future! Life compromised!