Gov’t: ‘Very serious problem’ at Fukushima; Safety system ‘failed’ — Expert: 12 Trillion Bq of Strontium-90 leaked, could exceed 1/8 of total release since 3/11 — CNN: It’s absorbing into ground — Tepco: “You may feel we didn’t do enough” (VIDEO)

Published: February 24th, 2014 at 1:30 pm ET


NHK, Feb. 24, 2014: Japan’s nuclear regulators have criticized the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for failing to prevent massive leakage of highly radioactive water. [Tepco] announced last Thursday that 100 tons of water containing record high levels of radioactive substances had overflowed from a storage tank near the No. 4 reactor building.

CNN, Feb. 24, 2014: […] an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water flowed over a barrier around a containment tank and is being absorbed into the ground, [TEPCO] said in a statement […] The leak reported Thursday is one of the largest since TEPCO reported last summer that about 300 tons of radioactive water had leaked from a tank.

Takafumi Anegawa, Tepco: “You may feel that we didn’t do enough, but now we know what the problem is, so we’d like to take control of our safety system as much as possible.”

Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa, Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan: “The safety system was supposed to prevent such accidents. But it failed. It’s a very serious problem.”

Reuters, Feb. 13, 2014: Tepco “was taken over by the government in 2012”

Center for Marine and Environmental Radiation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Feb. 20, 2014:  […] Note- Leak = 12 TBq [12 trillion becquerels of] 90Sr per calc. by K. Buesseler today.

2013 study co-authored by Buesseler: “The total amount of 90Sr released [since start of Fukushima disaster] could range from 90 to 900 TBq”

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Published: February 24th, 2014 at 1:30 pm ET


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  • Sickputer

    How's those Chernobyl comparisons faring now?

    What? Do I detect silence from the nuclear camp? C'mon…share your thoughts.

    So when the next tank leaks, and a hundred more…what then?

    The world wonders…will Japan survive as a viable habitat for humans?

    • Socrates

      FUKUSHIMA gets Olympic gold! Chernobyl gets silver, while TMI gets the bronze.

      Taking risks should come out of the pockets of those who profit to eliminate the moral hazard.

      • Gradius

        “The safety system was supposed to prevent such accidents. But it failed. It’s a very serious problem.”

        How so? The safety system is to kill as many as possible!

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

        “…The Kyshtym disaster was a radiation contamination incident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a plutonium production reactor for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Soviet Union. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale, making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, behind the Chernobyl disaster and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (both Level 7 on the INES)….”

        "…the Santa Susana nuclear plant meltdown was 260 times to 1000 times worse than the Three Mile Island nuclear plant meltdown…”

        Of course, TMI is worse than they ever admitted. And the live fuel is still there.

        • Q1988 Q1988

          Would you happen to know what type of scale or measurement they are using with a "level 6" and "level 7"?
          Log scale, exp, hyperbolic, …?
          Is it a 1 to 10 scale (10 being the worst)?
          Is this scale reproducible or is it subjective?
          If subjective did the same person assess the '57 event as did the Fukushima event?
          I believe the experts have already said that Fukushima is much worse than Chernobyl and yet they have the same disaster level.
          They swim around in their own shit.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            🙂 "They swim around in their own shit." as they throw darts at the board!

          • m a x l i

            There is no exact math involved. You can not measure it. It is rather subjective than objective:

            International Nuclear Event Scale:
            Level 0: Deviation
            Level 1: Anomaly
            Level 2: Incident
            Level 3: Serious incident
            Level 4: Accident with local consequences
            Level 5: Accident with wider consequences
            Level 6: Serious accident
            Level 7: Major accident

            More detailed: For example Level 7: ''Major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures"


            (Why am I posting this? My response may not be better than FOX or CNBC, but I am under the impression I found someone in a class below FOX or CNBC who may not be able to hammer the four letters INES into his search engine and needs some serious help. Here it is, glad to help.)

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        And you get the raspberry :-p
        There's only one problem with your quip "Taking risks should come out of the pockets of those who profit to eliminate the moral hazard."; the lost profits are passed on to the people, hence, no moral hazard (moral?) is eliminated, which is why nothing changes. You should know this. Now, before you start your temper tantrum, let me remind you of something: You told me to go kill myself. That's pretty personal to me – I've had suicides in the family. So now we're inextricably linked forever. I will haunt every post you make, just like I did socref's. He couldn't post his bullshit fast enough to get away from me. And before your rescuers start their personal attacks again, I really have to ask, is he not old enough to defend himself (you said: I ha e (sp) several belts from the man who taught Bruce Lee)? Especially from someone he regards as pathetic, stupid and worthless? To show I'm not really a bad person, I'll give you an "out". And no, it's not an apology; this would be meaningless to me. If you want me to stop correcting your every post and let you bullshit the masses unhindered, all you have to do is answer one simple question: Who is Heisenberg?

          • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

            Ah ah ah… no helping obe. Socrates has to answer this. I think he can do it considering his enormously rich background. And I asked, who *is* not who *was*. Seriously though, I'd like him to answer this.

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              I was very impressed by this guy and he appeared to be brilliant… 🙂


              might I submit, SykeWar, that he's the man who gave new meaning to the 'blues'…

              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Its interesting that they put diamonds and gems in nuclear reactors to color them blue and green. This makes these gemstones radioactive, so the process is controlled by government agencies.

                Trinity was the first atomic bomb test 35 miles from Socorro, NM at a place called Jornada del Muerto. Maybe Heisenburgs product color was a result of location, not ingredient

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

            "Werner Karl Heisenberg (5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key creators of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle, upon which he built his philosophy and for which he is best known. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1932 "for the creation of quantum mechanics".[1] He also made important contributions to the theories of the hydrodynamics of turbulent flows, the atomic nucleus, ferromagnetism, cosmic rays, and subatomic particles, and he was instrumental in planning the first West German nuclear reactor at Karlsruhe, together with a research reactor in Munich, in 1957. Considerable controversy surrounds his work on atomic research during World War II…."

    • or-well

      Sickputer, Fukushima need not be compared to anything. It is stand-alone bad in every way, from the siting decision to every response.
      The comparison game enables distraction, deflection, obfuscation and falsehood.
      Fukushima has been, is and will continue to be exactly what it is – a nuclear disaster that reveals the lies of the global Nukist cabal.
      Were it the first nuclear disaster ever, it would still be exactly what it is.
      I urge everyone to deny the Nukists the comparison game.
      The only relevant comparison is to a global environment free of man-made radionuclides. All else is criminal and murderous.
      Sickputer, this is not a criticism of you. Thank you for your post, that prompted this reply.

      • JimLynch JimLynch

        "I urge everyone to deny the Nukists the comparison game."–couldn't agree more it is playing their game of distraction and minimaization

    • ftlt

      SICK: Until this is published in book form. The silence will continue.

      Gundersen or someone like him needs to publish a double barreled book about the threat of FUFU and the FUFUs that are coming – Then it has to hit the global best seller charts..

      Otherwise, the truth about FUFU is DOA. It is NOT making the news (sorry, ENENEWS is not the news) – John and Jane Citizen are in the dark about it, still. The globalist (pro-nuke) owned and controlled media is not allowed to carry this story with the weight it deserves – that is clear. A book kinda end runs this intentional fuzz out of the truth.

      Only a major book that captures the imagination of the public will bring this story to light in its proper perspective.

      That or another planetary disaster like FUFU – How many more of those can we afford??

      • 2 or 3 more, then we are toast

        • Q1988 Q1988

          (sorry, ENENEWS is not the news)
          that is absolutely true. The sporadic bullets that pop up and cause us to ramble on in this forum is only moderately educational but the responses and questionable facts that are posted are not much better than FOX or CNBC.
          Arnie Gunderson is a good source of pragmatic, un-bias facts and that is what I want. ENENEWS needs to look closer at what the governments and news wires are posting and see if it has any merit and is worthwhile even reading.
          Oh look there goes a squirrel!

          • SadieDog

            You sir, are not us.

          • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

            You sir, are unfortunately correct!

          • FallOut FallOut

            In September of 2002, TEPCO admitted to covering up data concerning cracks in critical circulation pipes in addition to previously revealed falsifications. In their analysis of the cover-up, The Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center writes: “The records that were covered up had to do with cracks in parts of the reactor known as recirculation pipes. These pipes are there to siphon off heat from the reactor. If these pipes were to fracture, it would result in a serious accident in which coolant leaks out. From the perspective of safety, these are highly important pieces of equipment. Cracks were found in the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, reactor one, reactor two, reactor three, reactor four, reactor five.” The cracks in the pipes were not due to earthquake damage; they came from the simple wear and tear of long-term usage.

            On March 2, nine days before the meltdown, the Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) gave TEPCO a warning on its failure to inspect critical pieces of equipment at the plant, which included the recirculation pumps. TEPCO was ordered to make the inspections, perform repairs if needed and give a report to the NISA on June 2. The report is not confirmed to have been filed as of this time.


            • SadieDog

              @ Fallout, A+, – Problems with the fractured, deteriorating, poorly repaired pipes and the cooling system had been pointed out for years. In 2002, whistle-blower allegations that TEPCO had deliberately falsified safety records came to light and the company was forced to shut down all of its reactors and inspect them, including the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.

      • Many books have been published both in English and In Japanese about Fukushima.

        They have the same problem as Enenews or blogs..

        How does a person on the street hear about it, other than through lame stream news?

        NOT.. so the books languish on the shelves, the bloggers get little traffic and ENenews has 20,000 subscribers.

        Has anyone ever heard about a best seller book involving anything nuclear?

        • Sickputer

          Dr. G posits: "Has anyone ever heard about a best seller book involving anything nuclear?"

          SP: Yes… A really good one: On the Beach

          "Nevil Shute’s most powerful novel—a bestseller for decades after its 1957 publication—is an unforgettable vision of a post-apocalyptic world."

          SP: And yes I agree also there is no nuclear disaster to compare with Fukushima Daiichi. It stands alone and has many more surprises yet to be revealed.

          • Arizonan Arizonan

            @Sickputer, Actually there appears to be a substantial body of evidence suggesting that the radioactive fallout from all the atmospheric tests that all the nuclear bomb nations did 1945-1992 released far more curies, or petabecquetels, than Xhernobyl and Fukushima put together. The ECRR 2010 exposure-risk estimates are 53 million already dead from atmospheric testing fallout, and another ten million due to rest of all nuclear activities, incl. the million dead from Chernobyl. If this is true, and I can't see why it wouldn't be, the worst has happened already, and we are just catching up.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        I just sent a prospective new dentist a pile of stuff on radiation exposure hazards. Got her e-mail w. an attachment providing some bogus figures from the Nuclear Industry Association. The exposure dentists are telling people is safe (quoting the NIA) or at least this particular one contradict even conservative or other bogus high "health physics safe exposure" data. The stuff I got in the e-mail said exposure rates higher than the NRC, EPA, and MIT lists as maximum "safe" doses are safe.

        S'what up with that? We're going to have to take these brainwashed people to task, one at a time. Maybe when they realize they and their own children, loved ones are at risk they'll wake up and smell the coffee.

        That being said, the x-ray dose from digital dental x-rays is tiny compared to that from a CT scan. But I HATE being lied to about dose rates and being fed some industry line of B.S. Then being left with my questions about 15+ dental x-rays being left unanswered, and unable to ascertain what dose I'd get w/o doing millirem to millisiervert calculations, plenty of math, looking things up. What's the average person w/o any knowledge of this supposed to do?

        Well, I sent enough stuff to that dentist to probably make her hair curl if it isn't already curly. She probably has already forbidden her office staff to reschedule my appointment.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          I'm SO SICK of being lied to. Now I bite back when the people following the health physics and nuclear industry model of "safe exposure" levels start babbling on and quoting stupid irrelevant figures about airplane rides, "natural background radiation levels" (don't they get that they don't EXIST ANYMORE?????), etc., blah, blah, blah.

          RANT. Oy very vey, I need some sleep.

        • john dpugh

          Hotaters Most of us just assume that health officials should be well educated and they should know about radiation and its health effects . They are not . An average dentists knows not much more than how to operate the machine , how to protect some sensitive organs against xrays and not to take too may xrays cause it could be harmful.
          They only know the basics they learned during their study which is very limited .

    • OldFool

      TEPCO was left in charge to be a decoy to take all the blame that would have been aimed at any government agency that took over. A very short-term benefit for the government, but leaving TEPCO executives in charge had many far reaching consequences. (1) TEPCO's recruitment of workers through the Yakuza has been like 18th Century naval press gangs – they captured and dragooned the absolute dregs of Japanese society, with the corresponding worker quality and massive worker errors inevitable, (2) TEPCO's executives did not know what they were doing – the avoidable Bremsstrahlung X-rays (at least bimodal at about .025 Angstrom and .005 Angstrom wavelengths) from the water tanks are undoubtably cooking the brain cells of the workers nearby, so even more mistakes will be likely in the near future, (3) TEPCO as a profit seeking corporation grudges the spending of every yen, since profits are decreased – so the cheapest possible materials of the cheapest possible quality would be their first choice – so systemic component failures will be inevitable – with or without any medium or large earthquake. The list goes on and on, but the net result is that leaving TEPCO is the loop after 3/11/2011 will someday be seen as the greatest mistake the human race has ever made in all of recorded history.

    • According to the genius of my NWO idol, Bill Gates, every one should invest in nuke power. There is your answer. Fukushima will pass…

    • Gradius

      “The safety system was supposed to prevent such accidents. But it failed. It’s a very serious problem.”

      How so? The safety system is to kill as many as possible!

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Tepco: “You may feel we didn’t do enough” – I wonder why they think that we'd believe that…

    Don't be so hard on your self TEPCO, what your doing takes hard work, dedication, skill. After all not everybody can F**K UP so much as you have, without becoming an expert at it.

    So please don't feel down, put a BIG CHEESY SMILE on your face, and remember…

    While today may not have been the total disaster that you where hoping for, tomorrow is another day, another chance to F**K UP and poison the world just a little more.

    • norbu norbu

      davidh7426, I would correct this part, “You may feel we didn’t do enough” to "you may feel we are not doing enough" spot on.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Remember your real mascot, Fukuppy!

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Here's Fukuppy, mascot of the dufus IneptCo, TepClowns.

        "On Tuesday, the company said the online sniggering over its mascot's name was the result of an innocent misunderstanding, adding that the character had no connection with the Fukushima region, although the firm does have a sales office there.

        'A lot of media are reporting [on] our mascot, which created misunderstanding,' a company spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse. 'In order to get rid of the confusion, we will announce our stance on the issue on our website later in the day.'

        Later in the day, the company had replaced the mascot's English name with its Japanese rendering.

        "What’s Fukuppy’s purpose? Ask him! 'I fly around on my awesome wings, patrolling supermarket showcases and kitchen refrigerators,' explains Fukuppy on Fukushima Industries’ site (translation from RocketNews24). ”I can talk to vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish and can check on their health!”

        Though Fukuppy does claim to be a “bit of a klutz,” his name probably doesn’t have anything to do with what it sounds like pronounced in English. For one, his name is actually pronounced 'foo-koo-pee.'

        Actually it wasn't TepCo, it was the mascot for Fukushima industries. Sheesh, fooled me! Freudian slip?

  • FallOut FallOut

    (Notice the molten core / sfp at 1:05 into video leaking out the side of rector #4)
    (Red blobs on ground 4:00)
    (Control rods on top debris 4:24)
    (The yellow blobs, blown out wall of reactor #4 across from black blob running down wall onto vent.)
    (Black blob running down wall other side of reactor 7:39)

    Flight over Fukushima

    Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011-Helicopter flight over Fukushima-50%slower-motion stabilized

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    The web of deceit runs radioactive

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “You may feel we didn’t do enough”

    TEPCO offers up another cowardly admission.
    Absolutely..we feel that theyhaven't done enough..because evidently they didn't.
    Then surely they understand the emotions felt in 'such an understanding'.

  • OldFool

    Quotes from Will Rogers that would distill TEPCO's track record.

    "There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

    "Last year we said, "Things can't go on like this'" and they didn't, they got worse."

    If TEPCO is not pushed aside ASAP, the Pacific is doomed.

    • Sickputer

      OF… Sorry to be a quote cop. My grandfather (deceased since 1954) looked exactly like Will Rogers and never said anything worse than "the dickens" which immediately brought a reprimand from my grandmother who never had an unkind or uncouth word to say.

      AFAIK…Will Rogers never spoke of body functions in his writings or performances. The real quote from Will Rogers was this one:

      "There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to touch an electric fence for themselves."

      SP: Unfortunately I did not inherit the oral resolve of Will Rogers or my grandfather. Maybe that's why I am older than the age of death for both my grandfathers. 🙂

      Fukushima Daiichi and Tepco/Diet does tend to bring out the urge for the most egregious expressive language. I try to restrain my written words. There are millions of courageous Japanese who I admire for bearing this toxic Pandora's Box dumped on their heads without falling to pieces. Strong families placed in an untenable position.

      • m a x l i

        Interesting stuff, OldFool and Sickputer! Never heard of Will Rogers. (Different time, different planet for me.)

        There is more from him, perfectly on topic:
        "Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than puttin' it back in."

        "If stupidity got us in this mess, why can't it get us out?"

        "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
        The "three kinds of men" quote seems a bit outdated. If Will Rogers was alive today, maybe he would say something like this:

        There are four kinds of men:
        The ones that learn by reading.
        The few who learn by observation.
        The very few who learn by touching an electric fence.
        Then there are the socrefs and the rest of the shill parade who will touch the electric fence again and again and again and again…

  • Fukushima Daiary made a Youtube Video Report Feb24, the day of the press conference with TEPCO ie to this event.
    A Brief Transcript …

    Fukushima Dairy
    Report on Recent Events at Fukushima
    ie, 100 T Leakage of Highly Contaminated Water, that's,
    24 Trillion Beq of all beta nucleides most of which were absorbed by the ground
    includes Strontium 90 which is known to cause Leukemia
    TEPCO says, it hasn't reached the sea, but that's TEPCO speaking as always [cannot be trusted].
    Ultimately we will know the consequences.
    The Tank is located on the mountain side of the facility 700 meters from the sea side.

    ***"It was not a Leakage but an OverFlow"***
    The contaminated water flowed off the top of the tank.
    The tanks have a lid but there is space for air and an overflow pipe.

    ***"What happened was Not An Accident."***
    This is new information about this event.
    The leakage was discovered just before midnight on FEB19.
    TEPCO was attempting to transfer highly contaminated water to another tank, but, accidently the water went to
    a full tank which resulted in an overflow condition.

    ***"This is Very Strange."***
    At a press conference on FEB24 TEPCO admitted it was caused by the wrong settings of the values.
    A Value that should have been turned OFF was turned ON.
    Another Valve that should not have been turned OFF was turned OFF.

    • So the water was directed th wrong way to cause the overflow.

      ***"Nobody knows why."***
      Nobody knows Who did it.
      Nobody knows who, how or why someone did it.
      But someone had to have done it.

      So as the water proceeded to overflow the tank, the alarm TEPCO installed about 6 mo ago went off.
      So the FUkushima workers went to check the tank and didn't find any problem.
      9 hours later the water started overflowing and a worker found out.
      After that a TEPCO employee went to see the area to see what was going on but when he got there the valve
      settings had been corrected so that,
      The value that was ON had been turned OFF.The Value that was Off had been turned ON.[corrected positions]
      Someone had corrected the value settings before the TEPCO employee came to the tank area.
      At the press conference TEPCO said no one was supposed to be working in that area and no one was supposed
      to touch the value. So they don't know who did it.

      On the 24th TEPCO was busy interrogating the workers to resolve the mystery but no data have emerged to date.
      BUT IN THE PICTURES the tool, the lever, to change the value was still on the value and it shouldn't be left
      in that position as someone walking by could change the direction of the value.

      Considering the great risk the employees of Fukushima would be in resulting from such a serious event it seems
      unlikely that they would do this. But someone did it.
      TEPCO is investigating the problem.

      • TEPCO was supposed to report the ALARM event, just before midnight on FEB19, to the NRA but failed to do so,
        which would have stoppd the overflowing.
        So many mistakes, so may errors involved.
        But the cause of this severe accident is the possibility that someone might have touched the values for some reason.

        End of Fukushima Dairy Transcript fm FEB24 2014.

      • Q1988 Q1988

        When the barriers are down
        and the signals are flashing
        and the whistle is blowing in vain
        but you stay on the tracks
        ignoring the facts

        You can't blame the wreck on the train
        Don McLean

    • Leukemia is bad indeed. Try mutagenesis (i.e. genetic mutations) and you will figure that Japanese people are going to be wiped out in a few generations. Too bad traitors to the peoples of the world get placed into governments worldwide by the NWO Club. One thing is for sure: The Georgia Guidestones Plan is running smoothly and on schedule. Next stop: America? Ask Kevin Blanch.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Not one bit.

    They have been abandoned.

  • Nick

    Dear TEPCO,

    Face it. You guys screwed up big time. Your awful efforts at obfuscating the truth will not help your stock portfolios much longer.

    Just tell us the truth and nothing but the truth.

    Radiation is not something to wish away.

    You have been way too wishy washy throughout this disaster.

    Your endless apologies are meaningless and need to stop.

    Just go home. You will never, ever, save face in this matter.

  • Nick

    Strontium-90 doesn't just go into the ground and lie still (like nuclear fools do).

    This stuff is nasty. Big time. Since it is very reactive it forms all kinds of molecules with other elements, none of them much good for biological systems.

    Don't think for a minute that TEPCO is able to deal with Fukushima.

    INEPTITUDE on an epic/ele scale!

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    Could it be that workers are exposed to radiation that is not measured or even detected ? I am thinking of the Bremstrahlfield emitted from the water storage tanks here for example. Could it be that those radiation exposures lead to damage of the nervous system, including cognitive dysfunction as a symptom ? I am thinking of the increase of incidents for example where pilots become confused and land on the wrong airport – flight personal on certain flight is exposed to a lot of radiation after Fukushima, which has all kinds of complex consequences. However – could it be that we have to expect now more such "human errors" at Fukushima in the future ?

    • Mark Wonclunker

      Pilots landing at the wrong airport indicates something really wrong with Air Traffic Control.

      • We Not They Finally

        Not necessarily, Mark. Radiation bands at high flight altitudes actually CAN cause that caliber of confusion for the pilots themselves. Listen to Christina Consolo recently interviewed by Alfre Weber about increasing cases of pilots blacking out at the controls or landing at the wrong airport. She herself took a flight with her kids from North Carolina to Cancun, Mexico. Her Geiger counter registered 1,400 CPM in the air for several hours. Her "vacation" wound up with kidney failure in a Mexican hospital. But her daughter on the same flight, also wound up with the same drastic symptoms! The only thing they had common was having been on the same airline flight!

        Apparently Alaskan Airlines now has a lawsuit from 3,000 personnel about radiation-related symptoms, like hair falling out, abnormal bleeding, blacking out, and the like.

        Flying itself has become a hazard. And pregnant women should NEVER fly.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Never know but I thought we men were suppose to live into our 80's?

    • Q1988 Q1988

      would this be an excuse for TEPCO personnel? That the plant was leaking radiation before 3/11? That alarms were going off but ignored? They had lost most of their cognitive ability?

      I scuba and going below 150 feet depth on air you start to suffer from "nitrogen narcosis", You cannot think straight, your memory suffers, you are barely able to remember the dive.

      Just a theory and I am sure someone will pickup on it.

  • Socrates

    Tepco stock was bought up by the government of Japan, if recollection serves me. It is now just a whipping boy for people to heap shame on. The government policy is to not spend money until other reactors are back online in a fast-track restart program. The income stream will service corporate debts to save Japanese banks from default on the loans.

    Japan is post-industrial. The age profile means there are as many or more old people than young people. We are watching a preview of the post-industrial America.

    China and India have growing economies. Japan and America both have high unemployment among 15 – 25 year olds and are engaging in quantitative easing. The post World War II period of industrialization in Japan created a bubble. Now, pollution and economic stagnation lie ahead.

    America will experience stagnation and high unemployment for youth. We can look forward to ever-increasing pollution from fracking, coal, nuclear and GMO foods. Water is being rationed in the West. California will water crops with re-cycled sewage water. Drinking water will be recycled, too.

    The 137Cs/90Sr plume will arrive this year and increase for the next several years.

    More radiation and much less water with more people in California for sure. I see way fewer pollinators such as honey bees and bumble bees. I expect to see more starving sea lion and seal pups again on the beach this summer.

    Almonds require lots of water and take up cesium. Total disaster!

  • tsfw tsfw

    Accidental leak? Not long ago they were saying they were going to have to dump a load more water into the sea, but don't worry we'll filter it. Remember that horse shit? And now this. Right.

  • sworldpeas

    Tepco: “You may feel we didn’t do enough”

    WRONG! I "feel" like this…

  • weeman

    100 tons of radioactive waste from one tank adds up to 1/8 the total release of strontium since 311, I find that hard to believe and if true and WHEN all the tanks are emptied into ocean, because of accidents or on purpose, dillusion is a illusion at that point and it can only be saturation at that time.
    Prime directive from the Weeman, do not realease into environment, the future of mankind is at stake.

  • Nick

    Gone fission.

    Relax folks, TEPCO will launch a thorough investigation. The 3,456 page report will be on your desks
    before 3/11/14.

    Heartless and clueless humans will sit around a large oak table and all let out a collective sigh as they read this report.

    Valve? Open? Close? Which way you want it? Not sure. Okay, I leave open. Oops.

  • Nick

    The Atoms for Peace will make us all rest in piece!

    To think humans evolved a brain-pan too big to fail.

    Go figure.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      It may be that the actual inventor's of nukes weren't "human" to begin with?!! It's speculation at this point,but perhaps the unleashing of the atom without the part that included how to "tame" it or compensate for human flaws & likelihood of failures was "intentional" and meant to clear the path for "something else" that thrives in a high radiation environment and/or able to "sweep up our radioactive ashes" after the dust settles and the fruit of our labor yields the results they anticipated all along??!! I don't exactly promote or like the idea of there being some "other' malevolent beings or forces at work nor do I much care for the "sub-species" of "our" kind who assist the toxic missions by way of their complicity & "leadership" at the helm of their foul ventures,but I have to consider ANYTHING that serves to continue to allow me a reason to continue to live and CARE about & defend all of the innocent,caring,compassionate,conscientious WORTHY (Earth-born)"humans" who are the "victims" of "whatever" the "truly" GUILTY soul-less creatures who wrought this Shitium on the rest of us(?)!! Considering that there HAS to be more than just apathy,ignorance,denial(programming) or human faults at work here,when REAL people progress to the next levels beyond just becoming "aware" of the 311 ELE "being" underway IMHO I can't fully assume that "we" are responsible for, or DESERVING of what has befallen us & will continue to care about ALL of you!…

      • omniversling

        JB, see maniac Ray Kurtzweil's 2045 transhuman project. How better to achieve unlimited funding, imperative and timeline, than to make the human biosphere uninhabitable.

        Upload the human mind into hardened cyborgs, and send them into the omniverse to 'seed' it with human 'intelligence'. Think 'Alien' from Planet Earth….


        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          @omni;I just followed up on that lead "2045 Initiative" and recalled hearing about this before but in a much more mundane & positive light where it was promoted only for the promise it held for paralyzed people and I thought it was a good even "nice" idea(?)! 😐 Now I can see that it's even worse than the Manhattan Project and lends itself to helping make a hellish nightmare come true! If it was available for someone good morally just like a very old scientific genius with a pure soul who was just as near physical death as he was to finding a way to "neutralize" nuclear crap or someone capable of nothing but love & good deeds who could instill his knowledge & goodness onto the the masses thus allowing one physical lifetime devoid of all of man's inherit traits & problems I'd say "sure" let it go forward on a VERY limited & well thought out basis for the benefit of the generations to learn how to live right & keep the world turning,but "who" gets to choose & what would the criteria be?How much the "invested" of their dirty nuke money??! or their value to the military/industrial complex who've failed us already in one lifetime??!! HELL NO!!-Furthermore if this crap will be available by 2015 then I pray the world DOES end before then & everyone dies including those in possession of the technological knowledge & hope the prototype gets vaped with 'em!!(IMHO) 🙁 p.s.,that's some scary shiite & what you say makes too much sense!! Thanks for sharing!

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Tepco (Ineptco), and the USA/World are all about the same dealing with nuclear emergencies. Based on past nuclear history, certainty of future accidents, and their ensuing consequences, combined with the overall lack of being able to deal with nuclear contamination of the air, land, and water, the evidence appears to suggest a terminal disease for all living things…planet earth r.i.p. 🙁

  • Shaker1

    Thank you, Admin, for placing these sentences in the post as you did.

    “You may feel that we didn’t do enough, but now we know what the problem is, so we’d like to take control of our safety system as much as possible.”

    Tepco “was taken over by the government in 2012”

    It shouldn't be emphasized more that when we use the word "TEPCO" we're really not speaking of a meaningful organization, just a scapegoat to carry the sins of an inept and impotent social structure. It has allowed what we see here, the same-old same-old gangster profiteers, the incompetent status quo that built the structure and put off the building of a larger sea wall despite evidence that it was necessary. I'm sorry, but who is voting here? Just who is holding a gun to this society's head that forces them to accept such an obviously deficient response?

    We need to put the responsibility into perspective. I'm sorry, but it irks me to hear the word 'TEPCO' connected at this point in time to incompetence and irresponsibility. Society can't move. They're (shocked/stressed/apathetic/complicit; choose which word or combination you'd like) to immobility. It's time to recognize that it's so. It should be a lesson for us here in the US, too. Japan's this response does seem modeled after society's acceptance of the BP disaster here as some mentioned, and I have wondered, though happy it didn't happen, if we would have done any better if Ft. Calhoun on the Missouri River would have bit it.

    • weeman

      Tepco always was controlled by the government, since it's inception, who guarantees the massive loans, so you have control and you better tow the line and follow the game plan, got them under their thumb.

  • We Not They Finally

    Yeah, we do sort of feel like TEPCO "didn't do enough." Aren't they supposed to be volunteering for that ceremonial….. (you know what I mean) Isn't there some regulation sized dagger they were supposed to research? C'mon guys, do SOMETHING. It won't fix Fukushima, but at least we might feel that you are capable of a little conscience.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    …and so, the emptying of the tanks into the Pacific begins in true TEPCO style – "Oh my!, there was a little accident…"

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    4.5 EQ at Fukushima

    • FallOut FallOut

      The second report examines the response from the ground to waves emitted from the surface over the entire site, particularly under the common cooling pool, which is located west of Unit 4. This pool, designed to cool more than 1000 tons of spent fuel, was the subject of particular attention: the east-west and north-south cross-sections intersect at this precise location.

      In several of these cross-sections, an ancient fault, predating the later Miocene, is clearly visible under the nuclear site. Whereas the geological survey conducted prior to the construction of the plant does not reveal this fault (drilling did not go beyond a depth of 200 meters at the time), it is clear from the documents dated 2009 and 2010 that Tepco and the NSC have known about it for several years. The following cross-section shows this fault with even greater depth (- 1300 m):

      A non active fault behaves like a dormant volcano: once a seismic or volcanic event is known to have occurred even in a very remote past, it has the ability to recur if the conditions are met again. It would not be surprising if, during the earthquake of March 11, 2011, this fault had been reactivated, causing severe damage to the plant, such as this crack discovered after the quake:

      • FallOut FallOut

        The good news is that the radioactive water leaking from the plant will not be able to spread towards the Japanese inland and the Abukuma plateau due to the downward slope of the geological layers. The bad news is that there exists a fault which appears to be active right under the Fukushima Daiichi plant itself: this allows, and will continue to allow, radioactive pollution of aquifers over a depth of several hundreds of meters, as it runs through the different "waterproof" strata (4). This also means that the radionuclides will naturally be carried towards the sea by this underground water stream flowing through the permeable layers of sandstone

  • how many of us thought we would survive the Cold War? When I was a kid it was "duck and cover" implanted unto my psyche. now it's fuku/gmo/chemtrails and the ever present police state.
    How many of us were told in school of the decades of nuke tests that contaminated these lands we called united ,, wasn't covered too much in my curriculum. How many of us were told the truth about the messes in TN, WA and NM and NV and UT? not I.
    how many of you know about the messes of the USSR except chernobyl and possibly a missing nuke sub or two,, do you know about:
    Chelyabinsk: The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet (1996) ?

    facing the truth about the planet wide exterminations of clean earth is heartbreaking, depressing and sickening to my very soul.
    I feel as if I was born on the wrong planet. whether my death comes from fuku or gmo or bioweapons or a hellfire missile doesnt matter anymore, the end of the lies wont be til after I am dust anyway. fuku the bastards that did this to us all, I just hate the lies that enabled this crap to fester and grow until extinction protocols were too big to fail. may they all savor that metallic taste in their caviar and champagne feasts.

  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Before much longer it will possible to produce a film in the style of Alfred Hitchcock starring say Gary Cooper and Marylin Monroe. This could be a thriller in which the hero and heroine escape a nuclear meltdown somewhere in the east. I think at this time it would be a real seller. The bad guys would be the greedy CEO's who have built a series of faulty reactors around the USA. Gary Cooper would be a good Senator who is out to stop this madness; and Marylin Monroe could be the school teacher trying to save her grade school students. A mystery, a thriller and a romance. Just a matter of time before digitalizing can reproduce dead actors and directors. It might be called Other Side Productions. Or Ghost Works.

  • shamwow shamwow

    From the beginning the construct of using tanks to store ever increasing,highly radioactive, water flows was redicoulus. Sooner or later they would have discharge them. It is later.

    It is getting to the point were total collapse is unavoidable.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    J govt announce lifting exclusion order for Tamara (20km) west of Daiichi.
    Effective April 1st.
    Love the irony of the date.

  • Yeah as stated above there is a whole money trail with Japan banks on the hook for billions. Japan government gave Tepco millions to compensate evacuation victims but that hasn't happened yet. Tepco lies to placate bankers and voters with Japan Yankee governments giving a nod of approval. After all, it's not just the nuke industry they lying about to us. White Collar Crimes go unpunished. World leaders seem o.k. with the way things are playing out. Canadians celebrate gold medals as if that was all that mattered.

  • Ontological Ontological

    The lame mentality of "storing" this sludge, is preposterous. Timed release doses, all it amounted to. Saw this coming I did.

  • atomicistheword

    This news is terrible, you only have to look to the Australian atomic bomb tests that backfired and spread strontium 90 over the full nation of Australia, culminating in over 20,000 bone samples being taken from the dead without permission. Cover up, cover up and cover up.

    Old atomic bomb radiation power plants in USA are unsafe, unclean, a danger to All, INCLUDING MONEY INSANE CORP DIRECTORS. You cannot make money if no one is left to buy your goods. Insanity!

  • razzz razzz

    It's not really absorbing in to the ground. The ground is saturated and leaching out radionuclides now. Without containment, readings will keep rising for years to come.

  • pjrsullivan

    Are there any people out here that have some suspicion that this is not an accident at all? Might this dirty bomb power plant not be part of a well crafted plan to take out the human race?

    Judah launched thousands of nuclear weapons at us and we remain alive due only to the hand of God our Father who sent our elders in to protect us from Judah.

    Nuclear technology is genocide and was forced in because Judah has the authority to issue our money, which he used to bribe all the officials needed to put this deadly technology on us.

    435 more dirty bomb power plants ready and waiting to poison us. Let me ask again, is there not some chance that this leaky reactor is all part of a well laid plan to take out the mass of the human race that is living on the surface of our planet?

    Will labor not act and STRIKE THEM OUT, take hold of our purse and hire some engineers to go in and shut that genocide bomb down?

    • m a x l i

      There is no need for a well crafted plan where stupidity can achieve the same goal.

      And please, respect the rules for posting on this site, especially point 1) religious comments! Thanks!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    “The safety system was supposed to prevent such accidents. But it failed. It’s a very serious problem.”

    KING KONG. Out of the wild quantum forests, Dr. Smith, brings you what was feared, but now has been captured! Dr. Smith, his manly balls swinging freely has now brought the unruly beast, the atom, bound and chained for your viewing enjoyment.

    Butter up the popcorn, guys, this is getting good.

  • Tiza Tiza

    Does anyone here remember a video with Gundersen talking about when the plume hit Washington state about 6 days after the Fuku accident? I remember him talking about it, and it was several months before the results of the EPA came in showing that people were breathing hot particles there? I'm trying to find that video for a friend of mine who's a scientist.


  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Just where are all those missing coriums? 🙂

  • GQR2

    Day 1084 Tepco/Abe where are the coriums ? Come on you can tell the world. Let them know,what you accidentally thought was the corium was only the wreckage of another part of the reactor like the spent fuel pools.
    Do you think that was really fish from Fuku that Abe ate for the cameras