Highest yet: 3,355 times legal limit of radioactive iodine-131 found in seawater — Reactor cores may have been continuously leaking into Pacific

Published: March 30th, 2011 at 3:17 am ET


Radioactive iodine 3,355 times legal limit found in seawater, Kyodo, March 30, 2011:

Radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration of 3,355 times the maximum allowable level under the law was detected in a seawater sample taken Tuesday afternoon near the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government’s nuclear agency said Wednesday.

The highest concentration observed so far in seawater from the troubled power station suggests radiation originating from reactor cores, where fuel rods have partially melted, may have been continuously leaking into the Pacific Ocean.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said the exact cause of the high iodine concentration remains unknown but that data taken by the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. indicate radiation that has leaked at the site during the ongoing crisis ”somehow” flowed into the sea. …

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Published: March 30th, 2011 at 3:17 am ET


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9 comments to Highest yet: 3,355 times legal limit of radioactive iodine-131 found in seawater — Reactor cores may have been continuously leaking into Pacific

  • Afu

    Hm, hm

    So I was unfortunately correct yesterday.

  • Xavier Onassis


    To: Noah
    From: Mother of God!

    Message: Scuttle the Ark

  • Slick Vick

    “the exact cause of the high iodine concentration remains unknown”..

    What a load of shit.. let me guess, it came from anywhere BUT Fukushima, right??

    How fucking stupid do these people think we are???

    • xdrfox

      They know that the concentration will be mixed in different areas just as the clouds, rain and /or winds take it. Some areas will be high and others low.
      Raining I would think bring down heavier concentrations as just a sunny day with a mild wind may alow a bit, but a strong upper wind may keep much of it aloft. Don’t think there is an exact science to this, just spot checks and reading the numbers.

  • xdrfox

    Wiggle room, Plausibility, Who built these plants ?..
    GE, own news media and much more, they are like very big much like BP in many ways.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Wonder what happens to the sea life, land around the waters, and air after the Pacific gets full of all these things?

    The elites who want nuclear power, where are they? Buying land in other Countries?

    Oh but there’s not a problem here, just a little radiation and so on, here and there.

    It’s ok if a little gets into the rain water and it’s ok to have a little in the milk.

    Does this sound like it should be in there in the first place?
    How much does a little become, to much in our environment?

    What about the other things coming down, what can that do? Haven’t heard about the levels of those things, don’t you wonder why?

    I think just like the gulf, they know they can’t fix this disaster either, so they give us little information, little at a time, so we can get use to it.

    We have seen they could not clean up Chernobyl, they won’t be able to clean this up either.

    It will drift this way for years with more contamination to the rain water, milk, and so on.

    I hope I am wrong in this. I am concerned like many others, for our first Grandson that is due in June.

    I could be totally wrong, but like the gulf I don’t see any good coming from this disaster or that everything is ok.

  • xdrfox


    Distraught australian for accurate perspective/ magnitude of japanese crisis”

  • xdrfox

    The French agree with the Germans.
    The United States is getting covered up!
    To see what the French Say It Looks Like In The U.S.