‘Immediate Release’: 1,400 Bq/m³ of radioactive cesium in ocean off Fukushima Daiichi — Highest reading to date, had not been detected previously at location — “Suggests that toxic water leaks at plant have not been contained” (PHOTO)

Published: October 10th, 2013 at 12:50 pm ET


TEPCO, Oct. 10, 2013: Immediate release: A sampling result 1km Offshore Fukushima Daiichi [...] The company started monitoring seawater at the area (1km east of the site’s port entrance) from August 14 [...] At the point in question, where monitoring results of Cesium 137 were below detection limits until the day before, 1.4Bq/L [1,400 Bq/m3] of Cesium 137 was detected in water sampled on October 8 [...]

Kyodo News, Oct. 10, 2013: Radioactive cesium detected in waters off Fukushima nuclear plant [...] Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said Thursday that 1.4 becquerels per liter [1,400 becquerels per cubic meter] of radioactive cesium-137 had been detected in a seawater sample recently taken around 1 kilometer from the power plant. [...] the reading suggests that toxic water leaks at the Daiichi plant have not been contained within a small area near the facility. The utility, known as TEPCO, said it had immediately filed a report with the central government [...]

*1 cubic meter = 1,000 liters

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Published: October 10th, 2013 at 12:50 pm ET


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60 comments to ‘Immediate Release’: 1,400 Bq/m³ of radioactive cesium in ocean off Fukushima Daiichi — Highest reading to date, had not been detected previously at location — “Suggests that toxic water leaks at plant have not been contained” (PHOTO)

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    ENEnewsers have been saying over and over again for two and a half years that the wholesale radiocontamination of the Pacific Ocean has been THE MAJOR PROBLEM of having 3 nuclear cores in the GROUND under FDNPP. Groundwater flows out of the inland mountains, and underground into the sea. If the groundwater has been flowing past corium, and flowing through corium lava tubes, and on out to sea for the past 2 1/2 years, the contamination has been catastrophic, and the Pacific Ocean Seafood Industry is toast.
    That is $30,000,000,000US of the Global Domestic Product lost each year, forever. Worldwide Recession, TEPCO? What did you think your failure to act would cause? A quote from my college theses: "Sue the Bastards!"

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      Well said, Philip. I totally agree.

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    • Socrates

      The GOP always talks of personal responsibility. Running a business with no responsibility for the damages is like Catholicism with no helm.

      The US business community wanted to open manufacturing in Asia in the late 50s and early 60s. Japan had no oil. Therefore, nuclear energy was introduced.

      I was invited to visit Japan by an industrialist who set up rubber product manufacturing in 1962. I later wrote a thesis at UCLA about energy and economic anthropology in pre- and post- war Japan. That required research into the history of Japan. My conclusion was that Japan sat upon a nuclear tinder box.

      The government of Japan is liable for damages to its people, but TEPCO is not, as I understand the legal liabilities. Japan may also be liable to US citizens.

      Ruining the ocean and atmosphere is bad but let us not forget the nuclear testing.

      The anthropology represents human nature because it determines the behavior. Culture matters. Only full liability deters, regulators can be bought or regulation offshored.

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    • fuganzi

      too cheap to meter.

      The fact that they found high levels at one spot, 1km off shore, given everything I learned in basic chemistry in high school, about osmosis, means that either someone sailed 1km off shore, and dumped it, just before sampling, or this level is present fairly uniformly across the ocean, at that distance. Since the latter explanation is more likely – I find the implications of this data quite shocking.

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  • Edward Edward

    The united states government and most of the american people do not care about this. They are only concerned with the economy and propping up wall street/banksters. In my opinion values have changed so much that it is difficult to find someone that is concerned with the environment and the lives of animals, creatures or even poor humans. Greed trumps everything! The world is changing, values/morals are gone – 401K, net worth is more important. I am very concerned for the generations to follow, they are not going to have the same quality of life that we have thanks to greed and corruption.

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    • Socrates

      Health insurers under Obamacare might have stuck themselves with the costs of cancer care of the young people.

      Liz Fowler and Max Baucus wanted to keep healthcare insurers in business. A young male will be charged $375/month for health insurance.

      Now it looks like we all will get cancer. How much can you charge a guy earning $40,000 per year?

      From the insurers' standpoint, single payor would have stuck taxpayers. I see bankruptcies ahead.

      Our government will have to either pay for the treatment or force the insurers to pay.

      Nuclear energy contributed as much to Obama as Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. His two largest contributors.

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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yep, pretty sure its over and Planet Earth will be destroyed by/if our current belief systems and culture continues on.

      For any and all life present here today there appears there will be no future/generations left to discuss without a 180 degree shift in our current thinking.

      The tipping point has come and gone and mankind is/was not smart enough to recognize it..

      Mankind was just to busy shopping and thinking about his own wants and needs…

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      @Edward – You are so correct. I feel like others are hearing me in another language when I speak to them about Fukushima because they understand nothing.

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N E V E R . E N D I N G . M E L T D O W N

    Daiichi is on the shoreline, and we're seeing the catastrophic effects from that mistake.

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  • Cisco Cisco

    The numbers will continue to rise as more and more people begin to look and question TEPCO's sampling methods and reporting. Even the pro-nukers know TEPCO's numbers are understated. They like it that way.

    The world won't know the real conditions until a parking lot of ambulances is located at the front gate to remove the sick and dying while the clusterfu#k continues.

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  • razzz razzz

    Yeah, sad thing is even the incoming aquifers are probably slightly radioactively contaminated now before reaching the Daiichi site just from fallout seeping into the ground or mixing with contaminated river and stream waters.

    If they say 100 tons of aquifer water flows past, through and around the site everyday then technically it is all becoming contaminated or certainly it is when it mixes with contaminated seawater because that is where it all ends up anyway, in a contaminated ocean esp. inside the man made harbor.

    I guess the readings have always been high with radioactivity but now they have better and newer sensors that can read that high.

    The melted cores spew their poisons unabated, have been since 3/11.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    At 3:28 … 31 kinds of radioactive materials ..(at least!) have been/are being released from Fukushima.

    It is so critical now Japanese official sends S.O.S concern

    July 21 2011


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  • Gasser Gasser

    Moody Blues; Nights in White Satin

    Before you read go here first for the full whammy


    Workers in white Hazmat's
    Never reaching cold shutdown end,
    Plans not well written,
Disregarding Worlds end.

    Commonsense they all missed
With greedy minds before,

    Just what the truth is

    No one dare say anymore.

    'Cause they all lied to you,

    Yes, lied to you,

    Oh, how, they lied to you.

    Gazing at people,

    Some no hands or one hand,

    Just what they're going thru

    They can Fukushima understand.

    Some try to tell me

    Pro Nuke thoughts they cannot defend,

    What they want you know it to be

    You will be dead in the end,

    And it's sickened you,

    Yes, sickened you,

    Oh, how, it's sickened you.

    Oh, how, your sickened.

    Workers in white Hazmat's,

    Never reaching the Corium's end,
letters written,

    Never reaching the truths end.

    Bullshit I'd not missed
With these truth eyes before,
Just what the truth is
    Were going to die by the score.

I can't say anymore:(

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  • rnix rnix

    The SOS will be about 2.5 years too late…..it's done now.

    "But man, proud man,
    Drest in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he’s most assur'd;
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
    As make the angels weep."

    Will Shakespeare Measure for Measure

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  • My hope that the public or scientists or activists or governments or anyone at all will be able to organize and confront this situation is ZERO!

    I just posted links to a university campus fake petition asking people to support something outrageous, and they did, without even thinking. See 2:02 p.m. comment on the general forum:



    A nuclear disaster of this magnitude should have rallied everyone to demand international intervention back in 2011.

    Here we are, heading for 2014 and nothing!

    It's very discouraging to read daily measurements of these poisons, reports of more mayhem in the environment, and official statements by influential scientists and politicians about how awful all this is.

    But no sign of action whatsoever.

    I know there are no easy solutions, but here is a challenge for our time.

    It's not about going to the Moon or about winning wars. It's about acting like grownups and assuming responsibility for the disastrous consequences of using a high risk technology – and then doing something about it.

    The first thing in doing something about it would be to tell the truth about nuclear power.



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  • bozzy54

    Has anybody checked the web site netc.com What do u think?

    I can't wait for the 500 mile relay. Wonder what the weather like in Chile?

    Fuel cells in the earth 1,2 and 3 , 4 don't matter.

    Good nite all

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  • igrandunifier@facebook.com

    By now, through the report from Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gunderson, we understand why US have stay out of the lamb light of the Fukushima nuclear power plants debacle. It was the GE reactor that exploded, and breached. And it was another American engineering company that design and placed the destroyed the nuclear plants at the Daiichi site that was too close to the seashore.
    The Japanese company that recognized the the potential hazardous site of the Daiichi unit 1, 2, 3 and 4 later placed unit five and six at a higher ground. Unit five and six were not affected by the 3/11/11 tsunami, and stayed basically intact. GE and that American engineering company would eventually have to bare the brunt of all the damages, not only to the Japanese but to all affected countries.

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Highly doubt anyone/country/company/person(s) will be ever be held accountable for any/all this "Invisible Radioactive Contamination Ghost Damages" happening Worldwide!

    Ergo: Why all Nuclear Power Plants need to be shut down.. Now!.. Worldwide!

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  • Lady M

    Could a key reason no individual, company, industry, or country seems to be taking the lead in remediating the Fukushima situation be that there simply IS NO WAY to fix what has happened?
    If there IS a way to fix it, now would be an excellent time for a hero to materialize.

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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    1.4Bq/litre 137Cs @ 1Km distance = 1 really big fuckup… have I got the math right?

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  • Kassandra

    Yesterday Webcam Watchers saw an intense light behind, or sea-side, of units 3 and 4.

    That light in June this year coincided with iodine-131 detections.

    Yesterday I wrote on the webcam forum that we should look for any high rad levels correlated again with the appearance of the light

    Today a major spike in radiation was reported.

    I don't know what that light really is, but its definitely correlated with spiking emissions

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    • Radioactive gases igniting above ground, coming up through cracks in the ground?

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      • fuganzi

        Elemental Cesium would spontaneously burn, in contact with oxygen.

        But there are several problems with this theory.
        1. I don't think there is enough (quantity) of Cesium that would be released under any scenario, which would be sufficient to create "intense light" that would be visible on a web cam at a distance. Even with 100 tons of fuel, given even the highest rate of fission, the quantity of Cesium produced over time is about 6 % of that (6 tons). Over the entire fission life of the fuel (thousands of years). For sake of inaccurate argument, lets say that this is released over a period of 1000 years. (a ridiculously brief period). That's a release-rate 6 kg per year. Imagine 6kg of gas per year being released from cracks in the ground over the course of a year. 500g per month. Not enough for a flare.

        2. I don't think that elemental cesium would survive emission through cracks in the ground. The moment it contacts ground water, it's going to react and go into solution, creating Cesium Hydroxide (and free hydrogen). Now, the Hydrogen might burn, if exposed to an ignition source, but again, I don't think there's enough quantity being released.

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        • fuganzi

          (note: 500g of cesium-137 gas is, of course, enough to straight-up kill tens of thousands of people, or to cause health problems in hundreds of millions – I'm just arguing against the idea that an observed bright light was a chemical ignition flare of cesium).

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  • sangell

    The Japanese have 46 other nuclear reactors and the spent fuel they hold that will in all likelihood have to be decommissioned. If there is one good thing to come out of this disaster it is that they have have a place to put this stuff. The contaminated zone around Fukushima NPP.

    Abe will be loathe to do it but former PM Koizumi, who is the senior statesman in Japan has led the way so the government there should just admit that no one is going to return to Fukushima in anyone's lifetime and undertake the massive project that decommissioning the other plants will require and begin constructing the facilities to deal with their problem. Put out a request for proposal for all the big nuclear engineering companies around the world and take this situation out of Tepco's hands.

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