Japan Experts: Up to 93 billion becquerels a day may still be leaking into Pacific from Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

Published: March 15th, 2013 at 2:53 am ET


NHK News translated by EXSKF, March 15, 2013: The density of radioactive cesium in the seawater inside the harbor at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has stopped going down for some time. […] The research group at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology did its own calculation in order to figure out why the density of cesium-137 in the seawater inside the Fukushima I Nuke Plant harbor has remained at about 100 becquerels/liter since spring of 2012 […] According to the calculation, 44% of seawater inside the harbor is replaced by the current and the tides in one day. In order for the cesium-137 density to be what is published, 8 to 93 billion becquerels per day must be flowing into the harbor. […]

NHK WORLD, March 15, 2013: [Experts] are calling for a thorough investigation. […] According to their calculation, about 16.1 trillion becquerels of cesium 137 may have leaked into the sea in the year since June 2011. […] Professor Jota Kanda, one of the team members, said that based on the data, it is unlikely the contaminants resulted from rainwater draining through the soil. He said groundwater may be the source. He said another possibility is damaged pipes in the compound. TEPCO officials […] say they don’t think that radioactive substances are leaking into the sea from the plant compound. […]

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Published: March 15th, 2013 at 2:53 am ET


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28 comments to Japan Experts: Up to 93 billion becquerels a day may still be leaking into Pacific from Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nobody in the world can do a thing about it, because a melted reactor can't be controlled or contained.

    • We Not They Finally

      Yes. They never fully contained Chernobyl either. The soil has MORE cesium in it now than in 1986. But that was only one relatively small (compared to Fukushima) reactor, and NOT adjacent to the sea.

  • Sol Man

    From 1348 to 1350 the Black Death swept through Europe killing an estimated 75 to 200 million people. At the time they toasted, "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow, we die." This toast is again appropriate as this other hound of hell has been loosed upon our collective future.

    • We Not They Finally

      The Black Death killed one by one, quickly, and ran its course. It wasn't a permanent, escalating, human and ecological disaster. Though I know that it's sort of astounding to have to say that the Black Death looked like "a good deal" in comparison…

      • Sol Man

        The Plague is the only thing that I could possibly compare this situation to. The truth is that there is nothing in the history of humanity that can compare to this event.


          agreed SolMan. Unlike bio-threats, nuc-threats cannot be isolated by closing-off an area to incoming traffic…

  • We Not They Finally

    TEPCO says that it is NOT coming from the plant compound? Then where IS it coming from? Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

    • hbjon hbjon

      It is being released from the fuel. According to an expert opinion, the fuel will remain a solid in water for quite a long time. The fuel does not disintegrate immediately probably because it is very mildly enriched. However, as it corrodes, it will steadily release vast amounts of radionuclides into the environment. We saw the explosions spread hydrogen(?)for miles. A little goes a long way.

  • We Not They Finally

    Whether we wake up or not..We have a choice to die like sheep…Or show some sign of cleaning up the mess these insane idiots have put the world in.

    I have repeatedly written and demanded that the key to survival is to awake….My whole life many great teachers have spent their lives on that one teaching..There is still time.To make the changes that must happen WAKE UP….

  • We Not They Finally

    Whether we wake up or not..We have a choice to die like sheep…Or show some sign of cleaning up the mess these insane idiots have put the world in.

    The key to survival is to awake….My whole life many great teachers have spent their lives on that one teaching..There is still time.To make the changes that must happen WAKE UP….


      agreed We Not They Finally…

    • Anthony Anthony

      I agree and relate to your philosophies and moxie. So much so that I offer the idea that the effort may be futile. And I'm not being all Negative Nancy on you either, just prudent. Being awake and battling the battle you suggest, then cleaning up that and the initial messes, will take many lifetimes I think as the rotten runs deep and through everything. We see evidence of that everyday here, we sensed things were awry and here we see relevant documentation to support those feelings and theories. Being awake would mean being conscious of yourself and where you can make a difference. Dont overshoot yourself for the stars and exhaust precious energy and time. Those things we can make beautiful and productive for ourselves. Besides environmental calamities the world is primed for world violence; its in the air. Too many people in positions to make a positive difference don't give a shit about our beautiful world as much as they do keeping their respective gravy trains. I hope you don't mind the unsolicited advice, it was like looking into a mirror for me reading your post. I just hate to think you could burn out your good heart.

    • orsobubu orsobubu

      Nuclear industry problems descends from a much bigger issue: capitalistic production system, which only aims to squeeze short-time profits from proletariat wage work, without any regard to ecosystems, human needs, peace, etc. When the fall of profit rate will go systemic in one of next crisis, overproduction and unemployment surely will lead to dictatorships and generalized big wars, in order to destroy and rebuild. At that point, a revolutionary leninistic party could impose the question of a communist revolution. The construction of such a party is the only viable solution to capitalistic contradictions, as history showed, and every worker should consider what could be his role to help in materialize this perspective.

      • The_New_Normal The_New_Normal

        Your comments on capitalism are all correct, however communism isn't a viable solution, as Cambodia can attest.

        On paper both systems appear decent enough. Problems don't arise from the system per se, but that there will always be people in positions of power. People are greedy and shortsighted, motivated to find loopholes in the most perfectly constructed systems. Until more humans can take a longer view, we appear doomed to repeat our failures.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "TEPCO officials […] say they don’t think that radioactive substances are leaking into the sea from the plant compound."
    Since TEPCO doesn't think that radioactive substances are leaking into the sea from the plant compound, there is no reason to take any readings from the Harbor.
    TEPCO won't allow anybody to come near the plant to takeindependent measurements.
    "Up to"…"may still be"…"leaking"
    All are words selected to diminish the 93 billion becquerel per day and 16.5 trillion becquerel total.
    Based on a calculation for one element only, not for total releases.
    I hope they were trying to help.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    During the 40 year decommissioning, 1,357,800,000,000,000 becquerels of cesium-137 will "leak" into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima Diiachi nuclear complex. (Just extending this calculation over time.)

    • HH

      That's a really good point, PhilipUpNorth.

      And a lot of radiation is released >during< the actual decommissioning process.

      It will be a long battle to get those plants decommissioned. It's a huge, expensive, intensive, dangerous, lengthy process. And it will never be completely cleaned of radiation.

      And if that's not bad enough, there will be 40 years of worrying about any big typhoons or earthquakes that could disturb the area.

      Look what Scotland is going thru trying to decommission their fast breeder plant:


      What a nightmare the nuclear age has left us.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well..radioactive substances are coming from the compound.
    How much talk from cowards ..are we supposed to take?

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    New photo of progress on Unit4 Crane Support Structure today at: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/
    I used to think that Corium1,2,&3 could be contained, and the radiation flooding into the Pacific Ocean could be stopped. That it was simply a matter of having the vision and will to do so. I no longer believe that containment of the Corium1,2,&3 is possible. 🙁

    • guezilla

      TEPCO handouts… High resolution image at http://photo.tepco.co.jp/library/130313_01/130313_01.jpg (Warning: that's rather big) including part of the usually masked out front, though nothing significant I can see in it.
      However, seeing the image first time in the PDF handout I thought it was computer graphics, something about the image… I don't know, maybe the tidiness and right angles to everything. And the most rightand-side support beam has what looks like some kind of sun-shaft effect applied to it like you'd see in a cheap ray-tracer. The high-res image reveals bit more detail and imperfections but even many of them have almost theatrical feel to them like the door at the base of the leftmost support beam being left just slightly open (the one in the front is completely missing) or some kind of yellow rag on the otherwise clean concrete floor.
      Probably just a feeling as I don't see an outright reason to fake that, but gotta watch out for it.

  • ftlt

    Can someone show a chart of daily radioactive aerosols released up until the present – from the beginning on site.. This might help understand the continuing scale of the problem..

    It seems no one is speaking to the continuing releases into the atmosphere … It is just a bigger prob so it seems to be getting all the press

    Not down playing ocean releases… Just trying to get a handle on what is still going up into the air everyday???


    • 16Penny 16Penny

      ftlt, I hear you on that. The radiation in the Pacific has not caused much concern for people in Europe or NE Asia. It is the stuff falling out with precipitation that they need to keep their eyes on.

      As far as estimates of the amounts of aerosols released, Check with the EPA. They may not have it posted but if you send them a nice email they might give you that information. I don't really think they would but it is better to try and be told no than to just tell yourself no.

  • Well it seems the truth is finally being reported, sort of. I prescribe to the theory that the corium is eaten through all containment and groundwater could be partially cooling it. Either way it is fact that in 1,2and 3 reactors the radiation is too strong for even robotic remediation. The melted out reactors have water poured on them just to contain the mess. That is the limit to what any human can do, it seems . Obviously there is no way to contain all cooling water. They say they don't know where the coriums are but I don't buy "I don't know". I think they just can't admit corium is melting through the earths crust for security reasons, ie people will freak out and disturb civil order. Maintaining order is key to a stable economy. They like to report this after the fact to make you feel even more helpless. Still the implications of this actual piece of mainstream news and the implication of it not getting reported in North America as a headline on the 6 o'clock news are grave. A prayer to our childrens children for the mess left to them.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Yes Mark, I think economic interests and the acceptance of the health care mandate are why Obama has kept this under the rug. Unfortunately for him, hiding the levels of contamination and not telling people how to ovoid exposure (what foods to avoid, when not to go outside etc.) will cost the economy more in terms of lost wages dues to illness and need for caring for loved ones. The long term impacts on the healthcare system will also increase the strain on the healthcare system, which I think will make his mandate the laughing stock of the world for the next few decades.

      Obama, do not forget that we will not forget.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    You are telling me that,
    Because of the Fukushima Disaster,
    I don't get to live out my life as I wish.
    I don't get to have the life that I want.
    I don't get to live a healthy life.
    I don't get to eat food without contamination.
    I don't get to live on to the fullness of my years.
    And Why Not?
    Because the UTILITIES need their profits.
    Because the GOVERNMENT values Nuclear Energy more than it values my life.
    Because the NUCLEAR INDUSTRY needs their profits.
    Because mulit-national CORPORATIONS need their profits.

    This, brothers and sisters, is not REASON enough!

  • Listen, Obama, and all his ilk have a job to do and they answer to the behind the scenes money men and not to you and me. People get sick and die but the economy continues to serve the wealthiest of the rich first. He will leave politics with a golden parachute whatever mess the country is left in. Jobs are being shipped off shore anyways. They don't need the unwashed masses. Still there is freedom of speech and it is possible to fight city hall. If not sneak out the back door with the silverware.
    Me I am stuck in the west coast due to personal reasons. If not I would move to the prairies. No one is going to help you. If your FTLT, expecting an accurate report of poisonous releases, dream on. It ain't gonna happen. Not in Japan, USA, or Canada.

    But what they are reporting is contant radiation releases into the Pacific, a major crime , but no heads will roll and no evidence of a story in English except here with its very limited audience. So infer what you will. Radiation testing is not being done on any wild fish here in BC. So guess what? Yer on yer own.

    • Sol Man

      Yes, the wealthiest and the rich are served first, as that is the job of their staff and paid agents, but nobody gets away from the very fine dust, and in that, everyone will pay; even they.

  • japan guinea pig

    OK,OK,OK…enough talking / writing !!. For a year or so ive been reading all the comments on "enenews" and its all good stuff,im not knocking it.There have been some really in depth knowledgeable scientific comments,and im amazed at peoples abiliy to express themselves and their knowledge on this matter. HOWEVER are we enewsers gonna just TALK and write comments ??. "Talk is cheap" !! What are WE gonna DO about it ??. Im open to suggetions….Anything….I mean it might sound crazy but a mass hunger strike or occupying Tepco offices in Tokyo etc etc ANYTHING…"Come on lets roll"!!!…..ANY ideas ????. Tired of talking ….Time for doing. "Put up or shut up" !!. Im waiting …..