Groundwater with cesium at 9 times gov’t limit found in Fukushima

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 3:50 pm ET


Mainichi report from Sept 12, 2012 with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

  • Ministry of the environment announced they measured 88 Bq/Kg of cesium from well water in Odaka Minamisoma City, Fukushima
  • The sample was taken in June and July of 2012
  • The safety limit is 10 Bq/Kg
  • They measured cesium more than 10 Bq/Kg at 2 of 436 locations
  • They also measured cesium less than 10Bq/Kg from 4 of 436 locations
  • They found something like mud in the well water that they measured 88 Bq/Kg of cesium

Systran Translation

Radioactive cesium: South Soma slightly elevated from the Ku well water, 8 times that standard it is strong

It announced that the environmental ministry on the 11th, south Soma city slightly elevated management set point of the tap water (1 kilo- hit from the Ku well water and 10 Becquerel) detected the radioactive cesium of maximum of 88 Becquerel’s who 8 times hit strongly.


Published: September 12th, 2012 at 3:50 pm ET


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26 comments to Groundwater with cesium at 9 times gov’t limit found in Fukushima

  • Anthony Anthony

    There comes a point with a revelation like this where you start to only have yourself to blame if you stayed and drank the poisoned waters.

    • JustmeAlso

      Yeah, no Tepgov or nuke scientist is going to secure what you eat.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Yeah its like the people who CAN and SHOULD help – don't. Or I guess people can stay in place and take the consequences. Tough situation either way.

    • aSpadeisaSpade aSpadeisaSpade

      Anthony, on one level I agree with you, but I wonder how much the people have been told, and how they have been told.

      Were they told that "there is a lot of dangerous radiation everywhere, and you should not eat any local food or drink any local water. You should evacuate the area with great dispatch."?

      Or were they perhaps told, that "We have found some radioactivity in the area but its all ok. We have redefined the level at which it should be considered dangerous, and it is ok to eat local produce and drink local water now."?

      • Anthony Anthony

        Agreed. Its not an easy situation. I mean, us North Americans are concerned for our own safety and look how far away we are from the source. I tend to think given the issues with school lunches, almost half of tested kids flagging with thyroid problems…I cant believe anymore, almost two years later that local people can say "What meltdown? What radiation?" That just doesn't really cut it as an excuse at this point.

        My comment is more about taking your power back in a bad situation rather than allow yourselves and children to be damaged and victimized by the radiation. If you cant trust the authorities you have to trust in yourself.

        • StPaulScout StPaulScout

          "I mean, us North Americans are concerned for our own safety and look how far away we are from the source."

          When is the last time you heard ANYONE from either the Federal, State or local government metion ANYTHING about the amount of radiation where you live? Don't believe you aren't eating it, drinking it and breathing it, because you are…….

          • Anthony Anthony

            Oh I'm with you! I think it's a hemispherical contamination and we are likely seriously coated with radiation here too. I imagine it is worse though with severe contamination levels in oceans, rivers, land, groundwater etc (Everywhere and in Everything!) in Japan.

            I'm convinced I have been radiated since 311!

            Trying to *smile*

  • Anthony Anthony

    I think Fukushima is saturated with radiation.

  • true2U

    Is there anyone out there that knows how to turn cesium into a fine drinkable brew?

  • pierre

    10Bq/Kg aint much (before bioaccumulation that is)
    try 400Bq/Kg in Tokyo Bay – a year ago.

  • razzz razzz

    This report only lags by a month or so.

    Can you imagine what the concentrations are before being diluted by groundwater and filtering through earth?

    What will Japan do, raise the safe drinking levels for radionuclides, again? (Background radiation going up.)

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Hmmm…this must have come from the stable Fukushima nuclear plant that is in cold shut down and no longer in an emergency status so the workers don't need health check ups or radiation screenings, the kids can eat school lunches that glow in the dark, and mayors can call their citizens chickens for being a little worried.

  • mungo mungo

    Survey finds zero Fukushima plant strontium contamination in soil samples…..

    • Sickputer

      Big Brother Japan rewrites the science books (The enemy of yesterday is our best friend today!):

      Thanks to Mungo for revealing their newest disinformation:

      "The science ministry, citing 60 sites around Japan, said it found no radioactive strontium contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear crisis last year"

      SP: Convenient how they rewrite historical research…they found plenty of strontium-90 earlier mentioned in the SAME ONLINE PUBLICATION!:

      "Radioactive strontium-90 from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been detected for the first time in 10 prefectures outside Miyagi and Fukushima, the science ministry said July 24.

      The highest reading was in Ibaraki Prefecture and nearly matched the maximum level of strontium-90 recorded in Japan following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The nine other prefectures are Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa."

      The science ministry said soil samples taken in June last year already detected strontium attributable to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in the two prefectures.

      The ministry said the strontium found in the 10 other prefectures came from the Fukushima plant because the measurements exceeded the pre-disaster maximum of 0.30 becquerel per square meter and rose in March or April last year following the onset of the accident."

      • or-well

        Sickputer, mungo's link is BIG news with implications IMO.
        Odd the 1st linked article has them ignoring Chernobyl as a source while mentioning bomb testing while your linked article specifically cites Chernobyl as a source.
        This needs follow-up and more info.
        This smells – reeks – of blatant cover-up and bodes ill for the future…

        • Sickputer

          In the old days it would takes weeks or years to refute a Big Brother cover-up.

          The clumsy bureaucrats are astounded to be caught in their cover-up lies now in minutes.

          Neo is watching…

          Madness in Tokyo…

          • or-well

            Yes, but…will the Japanese media obediently parrot more like this with no critical analyses?
            What I mean is, (suspecting the answer is Yes), we know there's denial of contamination AND official policy of re-populating most of the evacuated areas AND callous disregard for the spread of contamination thru various vectors.
            I am wondering if this signifies an intensified campaign to pull the wool over peoples eyes, if this is the level of blatancy we can expect going forward, if this degree of Big Lie will be maintained.
            Others from within Japan have told us many if not most people think things are basically OK where they are (outside the worst affected prefectures and even from within).
            Yet there are the demonstrations.
            Is this pushback, a counter move, …
            What does it say about the recent nuclear phase-out announcement?
            I dunno. I just got a very bad feeling reading mungo's link.

            • Sickputer

              It is possible the long anticipated filtering system for strontium90 has run into political problems and led to this announcement to allay fears.

              Maybe they are pulling back on filtering efforts because of the enormous cost of the cesium sludge piling up.

              They have not been stopping anything other than cesium in their SARRY system and if they are not going to try and stop strontium90 runoff then this might be a capitulation for that aspect of the operations at Fukushima NPP.

              Watch for news on this and other actions of lessened efforts. The overall disaster expense is overwhelming the Japanese federal budget. Tepco is certainly bankrupt.

              We know that tsunami cleanup of destroyed docks and other infrastructure has been proceeding at a glacier-like pace. This is not typical of Japanese response in past years to natural disasters. Millions of yen are being poured down the rathole at Daiichi and with no end in sight.

              The unnatural disaster at Fukushima NPP has proven the Achilles heel of nuclear energy once again.

              Nuclear accidents will bankrupt a country and can topple governments (witness Chernobyl). Japan is heading down a quick road to fiscal hell and environmental ruin.

              • or-well

                re: filtering, quite possibly. Also I'm thinking a effort to preclude from discussion certain possibilities pertaining to the explosions.
                Down the Memory Hole revisionism, as you initially said.
                Bonus – facilitating re-occupation programs.
                Nothing to see here…

            • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

              or-well: Dealing effectively with Fuku would cost big money. Any guess as to the cost of evacuating Tokyo before the U3 explosion? Big lies, on the other hand, save big money. Japan is still broke, paying the little cost of their numerous big lies. As the people sicken and die, even big lies fail to convince the people any longer that all is well.

          • Sickputer

            Historical document on American strontium contamination from TOXNET, which is an integrated database system of hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health:

            Thanks to Frank McKinnon for the old US government document repost:



            Title: STRONTIUM, RADIOACTIVE: Nuclear Power Plant Emissions

            "Water effluents from 29 boiling water reactor (BWR) and 45 pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plants in the United States released a total of 0.2071 Ci, 0.1828 Ci, 4X10-5 Ci, and 0.0115 Ci of strontium-89, strontium-90, strontium-91, and strontium-92, respectively in 1993(2). Airborne effluents were 5X10-4 Ci, 2X10-5 Ci, and 0.0027 Ci for strontium-89, strontium-90, and strontium-91, respectively(2). The World Health Organization estimated that approximately 54 Ci of strontium-90 were discharged to the environment from all the nuclear power plants (241 total plants) operating globally in 1980.

            The average daily intake for strontium-90 in the US peaked in 1968 at about 1.1 Bq/day and has slowly declined over the past 40 years to less than 0.05 Bq/day. [1993]

            To be cont..

            • Sickputer

              Russian Mayak releases of radiation:

              Accidents, nuclear waste disposal and day-to-day operation of the Mayak reactor and radiochemical plant contaminated the nearby Techa River. The period of most releases of radioactive material was 1949-56… During the first years of the releases, 39 settlements were located along the banks of the Techa River, and the total population was about 28,000. Technical flaws and lack of expertise in radioactive waste management led to contamination of vast areas, and the population was not informed about the releases.

              The protective measures that were implemented (evacuations, restrictions on the use of flood lands and river water…etc… proved to be ineffective, since they were implemented too late. Approximately 7,500 people were evacuated from villages near the River between 1953 and 1960. … During 1949-56, 7.6×10+7 cubic meters of liquid wastes with a total radioactivity of 100 Pbq were released into the Techa-Isset-Tobol river system. … The internal radiation dose was from ingestion of strontium-90 and cesium-137 over long periods….Systematic follow up of a cohort of almost 30,000 who received significant exposure… was begun in 1967.

              The preliminary results of follow-up from 1950 through 1989, which were analyzed in linear dose-response models for excess relative risk, indicate an increased rate of mortality from leukemia and solid related to internal and external doses of ionizing radiation."

              • Sickputer

                Sorry…left out a word (tumors) in the last sentence quoted:

                indicate an increased rate of mortality from leukemia and solid tumors related to internal and external doses of ionizing radiation."

            • +1 Historical Document

              "The primary route of exposure to radioactive strontium for the general population is through ingestion of food, dairy products, and drinking water. Strontium-90 is deposited directly onto plant and soil surfaces and may be translocated to plants through foliar absorption and root uptake. Vegetation consumed by animals such as cows, goats, reindeer, etc, may eventually transfer strontium-90 to the human food chain through the ingestion of beef, milk, or other dairy products. The average daily intake for strontium-90 in the US peaked in 1968 at about 1.1 Bq/day and has slowly declined over the past 40 years to less than 0.05 Bq/day."

              Lots of info in there.
              Thanks Sickputer, Frank McKinnon