Highest Yet: Radiation level hits new record in Fukushima groundwater well — Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters

Published: January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 pm ET
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TEPCO : Result of Radioactive Analysis around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (pdf), Jan. 20, 2014:

Underground water observation hole No.1-16

  • Cs-134 @ ND (Detection limit: 1.9 Bq/liter)
  • Cs-137 @ ND (Detection limit: 1.9 Bq/liter)
  • Gross β @ 3,100,000 Bq/liter

View the most recent sampling results, all-time highs on last 2 pages (pdf)

See also: Senior Scientist: 100 times more strontium than cesium in water at Fukushima plant — \”Strontium gets into your bones… it changes the equation\”

Published: January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 pm ET
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52 comments to Highest Yet: Radiation level hits new record in Fukushima groundwater well — Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      like I said, bo. Nuclear…the 'gift' that keeps on giving…and giving…and…


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    • ENENews

      Hi bo, in that post the ~1,000% increase was referring to radiation levels around the border of the plant.

      "The level of radiation at the plant’s border rose to more than 8 milisieverts in annualized figures in December, from less than 1 milisievert [...] officials say they have been aware of the problem for a certain period of time, but could not deal with it as they were occupied with the issue of contaminated water."

      The strontium was mentioned because we found out on the same day that those levels were also withheld:

      "[TEPCO] withheld 140 measurements of radioactive strontium levels taken in groundwater and the port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant between June and November last year."


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      • Daisy207

        Hummm – Strontium dissolved in TRITIATED WATER – sounds like the cocktail from hell. We have to wonder what form the Sr is in – like a chlorinated or hydroxide salt – and highly soluble. Tritium is also a beta emitter – and if the water is 80% tritium – this is overwhelming. No one can stop the source fuel from tritiating the water that is carrying every other metal component out to sea. Radiation carrying radiation. And the dissolved isotopes are hot enough that as the tritium decays more is made by the decay of the other isotopes in the water mixture. What have we done to this world. May God help us.


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        • gottagetoffthegrid

          Personally, I don't like the term "tritiated water". It seems to imply that the water is contaminated and can therefore be cleaned. It is not. The water molecule itself has become the contaminant.

          When one drinks "tritiated water" and digests food, say a protein for example, and that protein is broken into amino acids. The tritium (radioactive hydrogen) becomes part of the amino acid; subsequently incorporated into the molucules that comprise your solid bodily tissues.

          Tritiated water IS water. You breathe it in as humidity, drink it, eat it. It is part of you or any organic molecule with an -H in it.

          And all nuke plant have a permit to dump it in the river…


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          • razzz razzz

            Water is not radioactive, tritiated water is. See the difference?

            "…HTO has a short biological half-life in the human body of 7 to 14 days, which both reduces the total effects of single-incident ingestion and precludes long-term bioaccumulation of HTO from the environment.[3][5] Biological half-life of tritiated water in the human body, which is a measure of body water turnover, varies with season. Studies on the biological half-life of occupational radiation workers for free water tritium in the coastal region of Karnataka, India show that the biological half-life in the winter season is twice that of the summer season…"
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritiated_water

            Inhaled or digested tritiated water is still dangerous esp. if you are downwind of a cooling tower that is always emitting it in their fogs and via water releases into nearby body of waters.

            Tritium can be separated and captured but is to expensive a process for the nuclear industry to be bothered about it. So they release it slowly. At least the tritium they know about or that they can keep track of.

            Read up on how they produce tritium for industrial uses.

            I see in the article that TEPCO pegged their meters so you don't know how much cesium(s) are being released in total.

            You would think that ratios could be made after finding amounts of certain radionuclides then the aggregate of all
            radionuclides would follow from the source…melted fuel.


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      • johnnyo

        Dear Mr and/or Mrs. ENENews (or team?),

        almost 3 years now i been a stoppin by your little corner of the inter-web. Many a time I seen others singing your praise and silently nodded in agreement. How you stay on top of the aggregatin and pull off a laissez-faire comment policy while maintaining some semblance of decorum is unmatched in my experience.
        You can let the wild horses run free and only appear at the reigns subtly. Bravo. Deepest heartfelt "Thank You"!
        This is a powerful place. You are fighting the good fight. One cannot aspire for any more. Stay Strong!


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  • Paulie777

    While that is astounding, what I find truly mind-blowing is that the people on this planet don't really care about this. Most people are wondering if there is going to be a series of the "gay" bachelor. Well, that will change soon, it always has to be after the fact for people, in this case we are the ones who will pay. And they say we are smarter than the animals. Hogwash.


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    "Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters"

    So ah, that makes for "Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters" in about a quart of water?

    Makes ya thirsty, eh.

    What we discovered today was no fun.

    Is the water supply all over the world and more than ever on the North American continent soon, well, it may already be too late, but is all the food and water already contaminated some how?

    Report please.

    .


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  • PeterC

    About 16 weeks ago, a facebook post made me curious… Fukushima I thought was ok, after much digging – nothing ok about it.

    So, the Pacific ocean, has become an uncontained nuclear reactor.

    I am curious, can someone point me to, or provide Pacific Ocean water temperature info, say from 5-10 years ago until now?

    Thank You


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    All the food and water globally was contaminated by atmospheric weapons testing 1945-1963, and recontaminated with every nuke plant accident since, but not all gets into our bodies, not all gets into our lungs. The FUKU sea releases are ending up in fish and seaweed, where they will be found in increasing concentrations, for the rest of time I guess. We all need to do what we can to reduce our level of risk, filter water, wash food, etc.


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    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Don't eat anything from the Pacific, if it can be avoided. The major risk is from internalization of manmade ionizing radionuclides. Reduced intake = reduced risk of health effects. Even small amounts carry risk, and the amounts will only grow from here on.


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      • humptydumpty humptydumpty

        We are now living in a whole new world of danger. We need to find out what other pathways exist for radionuclides to get into our food. Like contaminated fish meal for poultry feed, pet food, and fertilizer. Avoiding meat and dairy products including milk, cheese, and eggs, may be important, beyond just staying away from seafood and seaweed. That's because of bio-accumulation of radiation that comes not only from the feed, but also from fallout and windblown dust.


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  • bluetick

    Wondering about Dallas Texas. Amarillo texas.. rad net show very high levels of beta radiation.. I talked to geologist who said it was the rocks in that area…is it safe to be there at 200cpm avg? spiking 450 cpm and in amarillo twice as high?


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  • Jebus

    Kinda puts an exclamation point on those gifs of the coriums in the ground. The perpetual faucet drip, drip, drips. The bucket it drips into was full long ago. It's a bucket, in a bucket, in a bucket, in a bucket, ect… The very bottom bucket is the Ocean, Mother Earth. A perpetual waterfall of death. Each level of the stack is another revelation of the truth. Each drip into the top bucket cascades through the others. Each drip is heard around the world, yet no one listens. Each drip is felt around the world, yet no one feels. Another drip. Another day. Another death.
    Here lies all life. Here lies mankind, who always falls into the sea, from which he came. Yet no one has ever gotten wet, not yet.
    No, not yet…

    For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for humans, for all creatures, great and small, for all love, for all life.

    Thank you admin, you will go down in history as the one who rang the bell the loudest.

    Fukushima, will forever be, a reminder, of Pandora's Promise…


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  • norbu norbu

    There is only so much fresh water. It will be gone soon. Here is a map of all the fresh water.
    http://yubanet.com/uploads/5/global-water-volume-fresh-large.jpg
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  • Wyakin Wyakin

    My curiosity got the best of me on the question of how much of an increase these latest All Beta (AB)(same as Zen Beta) test figures represent based on past readings.

    For reference re. well 1-16:

    On 10/28/13 AB is 650k, with nominal amounts of 137CS, 106RU, 60CO, 125SB. 134CS was below the set detection limit.

    On 12/05/13 AB has increased to a whopping 1,400,000, again with nominal amounts of 137CS, 60CO, 125SB. Tepco chart indicates “-“ for 90SR, meaning measurement was out of [above]range. 134CS and 160RU are below the detection limits.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2013/images/handouts_131213_05-e.pdf

    On 01/20/14, AB is 3,100,000 Bq/L. Between 10/28/13 and 01/20/14, representing an astounding time period increase of 377%!

    Tritium is not included in AB results due to its low energy signature. A different method, called suspended liquid scintillation counting, is used to measure 3H.

    The composition of the beta soup could be very revealing both in terms of what has transpired in the ground table as a result of the melts as well as the impending impact on the environment once these levels of deadly contamination migrate out of their current location.


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  • OneWhoRelates

    Here is a synthesis converting the bq from the reported numbers into Sv equivalent – it averages to approximately 7.42E-05 Sv / liter per sample point or about the equivalent a person living 10 miles from the three mile island disaster in each liter.

    The large tanks at Fukushima are ~ 300000 liter tanks so if one has the sample point average per liter in the tank then the total would be approximately 21.73 Sv. The small tanks are ~ 60000 liter tanks, 4.345 Sv.

    It would be safe to say that each large and small tank contains a lethal dose.


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  • For anyone new here…..my manifesto… from when I went from "low CO2 emissions is cool, to what the heck are these bastards doing"

    Shut them down….

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/manifesto-why-shut-them-down.html


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  • Sky-Valley Sky-Valley

    So I keep thinking – How long will it take before the entire Pacific Ocean is contaminated beyond its ability to support life? So the first item is how many gallons are there? There are over 70 cubic million miles in the Pacific Ocean. Meaning there are 187,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons in the pacific ocean. That is 187 quintillion gallons http://www.ask.com/question/how-many-gallons-of-water-are-in-the-pacific-ocean – determine average spread daily of nuclear radiation – multiply times each day that passes . . . (now over a thousand days) and all those "zeros" in 187 quintillion start disappearing rather quickly… . tick, tick, tick . . . . BEEEP!


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    • artika rama

      skyvallety Probably some life forms in pacific are already being effected (dying ) because of it ,, but we dont know it ,, YET .
      Unless they find a way to stop all those leaks pacific will surely die .


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    • Sickputer

      The ocean (and there is just one on earth) is not the only carrier of radioactive poisons. As typhoons and waves crash and transport those massive levels of Daiichi plant strontium-90 and 100 other long-lived nuclear isotopes into the air, then it falls across Japan and Asia inland, dries and becomes powder forms. Picked up by crops, people's shoes, and carried aloft as dust on the hemisphere's jetstreams.

      The air releases travel farther much quicker than the water leaks. At times the jetstream reaches 275 mph. Compare that to the slow poisoning by water infiltration.

      Can the human race avoid a 60 to 90% extinction event from Fukushima over the next decade? What if two or three more nuclear plant megaplexes blow out in Russia, India, China, France, or the United States? Push that Mass ELE percentage to the high 90s. Mad Max time.

      Yes, I appreciate the hospitality of the Enenews.com owner for providing an outlet for my alarm over the nuclear industry. To me there is not any common ground for compromise other than how many months a transition to full shutdown should take. Japan will soon make that choice to throw off the old nuclear regime.

      Fukushima Daiichi is the front bookend for the closing of the industry worldwide. They make that choice because they are all in danger of slowly dying from the continued leaks at Fukushima. You can't wash it off the decks with soap and straw push-brooms. As other plants explode those countries will close their books.


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  • For anyone with a serious activist flare or just simply cares, the following link takes you to a post to alert your fellow citizens and any last standing politicians.

    So the ocean dies. Do you care?
    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-12#comment-439105

    To All who come to Enenews, alert All the People you are able to.

    At that combat rads forum is a wealth of information including several simple forms of remadiation for you and loved ones. Radiation effects the unborn, children and women the most.

    Aloha out there


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  • Arizonan Arizonan

    +10,000. Thanks for doing this research. Yes, I think the abrupt rise in the radioactivity of this well over the past 2 months should enable some clever nuclear engineer to make some conclusions about what is happening to the coria down there.


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  • Sol Man

    What mankind has done to the ocean, to water overall, is nearly beyond description and belief. Bucky balls emanating constantly from the surface of the progenitor of all life. The whole ocean is a tidal pool!

    Politicians always looking for more fiat dollars to drive their decisions regardless of the consequences to the People that voted them into office in hopes of having any representation in the decision-making process. Seldom is a benefit seen for the People.

    http://www.enviroreporter.com/2012/02/beta-watch/all/1/

    We are all together on this one. Any creature that breathes, eats, drinks, feels, loves, thinks; or not, gets "it."


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    NUCLEAR DISASTER NOT BEING DEALT WITH . . .

    Continually getting worse while nuclear countries in Northern Hemisphere sit idle.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    Water that comes into contact with the criticalities can become heavy water. Heavy hydrogen can gain another neutron and become tritium. Tritium can gain another neutron and it becomes a strong beta emitter. These beta emitters are being released into the ocean and stored on site.

    Alpha radiation can also be part of a nuclear reaction. Something like 4He + H = 5Li. Transmutation is a very scary word and must not be part of our every day conversations. The zirconium rods that shield the fuel from the coolant stops the alpha, but has some of its atoms transmuted into the element that has two protons more than zirconium.

    Becomes more pollution for the ground water to carry away to the Pacific Waste Dump.


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