Kyodo: Radioactive leak is up to 120 tons from Fukushima Daiichi tank (VIDEO)

Published: April 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm ET


Kyodo News, April 6, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that up to 120 tons of contaminated water may have leaked into soil from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Around 13,000 cubic meters of contaminated water remain in the tank, with TEPCO having begun transferring it to other tanks nearby on Saturday morning, the utility said. It will take roughly two weeks to complete the transfer, TEPCO added. […]

NHK WORLD English: Tokyo Electric Power Company says a small amount of radioactive water may have seeped out of an underground water storage facility at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The water contained strontium. […] The level of radioactivity is considered by the utility to be low. […] The utility recently constructed 7 large-scale underground facilities for storing the water after removing some radioactive substances. Each facility can accommodate up to 14,000 tons of water. […]

RIA Novosti: The company operating the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) in northern Japan warned about the possibility of radioactive water leak, the Kyodo news agency reported on Friday. […] Radioactive substances have been detected in the water that accumulated outside the tank, covered by three layers of waterproof sheets. The exact volume of leak is unknown, but radiation levels in the water stand at about 6,000 Becquerel per cubic centimeter. […]

Watch NHK’s report here

Published: April 5th, 2013 at 10:55 pm ET


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41 comments to Kyodo: Radioactive leak is up to 120 tons from Fukushima Daiichi tank (VIDEO)

  • Nukites

    Maybe sometime soon they'll become concerned about the fuel pellets that are scattered around the site.

  • lam335 lam335

    News person: "Engineers working on the cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have hit another snag …"

    Not a "snag" … a SNAFU.

  • bonsairebellion bonsairebellion

    To overcome the obfuscation "6,000 Becquerel per cubic centimeter" =
    22,712,470.68 Becquerel per gallon

    • Lion76 Lion76

      I'm glad someone else saw that…

    • sickhippie sickhippie

      And just to make it nice and clear, if it was 120 tons (metric) and my math is right, that's ~720 GBq released there.

    • GlowingRainSeattle

      What does that mean? I'm sorry, but that sounds so scary to me. And I am still trying to learn some of the terms and what everything means. If it's too deep to explain, I totally understand.

      -I should have paid closer attention during math and science during school.-


        not meaning to be snide, GlowingRainSeattle, but all those carcases washing up on the West Coast will explain what those numbers mean…

        • 16Penny 16Penny

          That was some accurately aimed blunt force trauma there. I had considered responding earlier but since you've now broken the ice . . .

          "Dr. Egon Spengler: I'm worried, Ray. It's getting crowded in there and all my data points to something big on the horizon.

          Winston Zeddemore: What do you mean, big?

          Dr. Egon Spengler: Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area.

          Based on this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds."

          Really to answer your question you should start here:

          Hope that helps.

        • GlowingRainSeattle

          Oh trust me, I know all about that. I was more talking about the numbers they were using. Just broken down a bit is all.
          It's amazing how silent everyone goes when s**t hitting the fan isn't as important as the money that slammed it there. I just wish I knew more on the 'terms & meanings' when saying things to other people. To better get the point across about this leveling situation. Haha


            appreciate what you're getting at GlowingRainSeattle. I'm not a nuclear technologist either, so I'll agree the numbers and terminology can be intimidating if not outright confusing.

            I've come to rely on certain few out here, who do an excellent job of unraveling both jargon and tech-speak. With time, you'll come to now who's who…

          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            "…Aim for the flattop…"

  • Jebus Jebus

    30,000 gallons is a drop in the bucket of deadly and highly radioactive water that this disaster has released…

    Look over here, we spilled a little bit…

    Picture the guys, early on, who stepped in it for a moment, where are they?

    Now picture the new little ecosystem, to all points radiating out from the plant, into the ocean and growing…

    Seriously, is Tokyo really safe, long term?

    Can the collapse of a local foodchain, thats a countries primary protein source, sustain a country?

    Will this collapse cascade?

    This is not going away soon…

    • Sickputer

      Jebus penned this one-liner masterpiece:

      "Seriously, is Tokyo really safe, long term?"

      SP: The few million humans on earth in the know (mostly in Japan) say Hell No!

      The few hundred thousand nucleocrats controlling this global massacre with their world-wide array of death machines have no scruples for the environment, the life forms of the planet, or apparently even their own progeny.

      No where to run…no where to hide. You can buy safer food and drinking water (for now), but the air we breathe is not a replaceable commodity. Pollute the global air currents and the race to extinction becomes a steady relentless march.

  • We Not They Finally

    "A small amount" of contaminated water may be "leaking"? At least, that is "suspected"? How does that tally with 120 tons have ALREADY poured down into the soil? And if 120 tons is really the "small amount" figure, then what is the REAL one? And if even that 120 tons was too "small" an amount to even mention before now, what ELSE aren't we being told? And how understanding is the public supposed to be? It just adds to their toll of major criminality each and every day that the entirety of northern Japan is not EVACUATED.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    70K military personal sailed in the crap for months & the navy denies it, now as the pacific is so full of RADs no ship is safe nor fish we consume is a death by slow death & the world govs know it! What are they doing, not shit!

  • retali8 retali8

    notice they(tepco ala tepscum) are just starting to report "mishaps", because people are clicking on to this, and they(tepco) wanna save there sorry asses
    the news has all come 2 years too late, most enenews' users who have followed since day 1 have known we are fighting a losing battle here and we are desperate for new technology, firstly start with those coriums reported to be KM's under the plant. Tepco u really have started to panic and release some "breaking" news, all of which is too little too late.


    The report is correct, it's a drop in the bucket compared to what has been released.

  • 5 April 2013 Last updated at 05:39 ET Share this pageEmailPrint
    Fukushima nuclear plant: Cooling system power restored

    Love those BBC titles:

    Power has been restored to part of the cooling system at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, after it failed for the second time in a month.

    Water temperatures in the plant are thought to remain within safe levels

    Rat linked to Fukushima power outage
    Power failure hits Fukushima plant Watch
    Fukushima's long road to nuclear clean-up

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Not sure if this site has been posted yet but I found it tonight. It is going to take me a long time to digest due to the volume of information in the links.

    Several years worth of "Results of the inspection on radioactivity materials in fisheries products":

    There are some readings that were 6 times their 100 Bq/Kg threshold for being considered safe.

    • jec jec

      Radiation in fish. Good information. What is terrible..the higher levels are in the small fish, the basic food for larger species..not just humans. The smelt and greenlings for example. And the stationary fish, bottomfeeders, the flounder types, and the rockfish/spot types that are pretty stationary in locations. Scary to read. Now if local fisheries catch and remove the stationary fish at least the other pretatory fisherys will not accumulate THOSE radiation amounts..just the humans who EAT the catch. Sad either way. No wonder the seals and other wildlife are dying in the Pacific–the lack of fish or the radiation..each is a killer.

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        "No wonder the seals and other wildlife are dying in the Pacific–the lack of fish or the radiation..each is a killer."

        I am afraid that the prior will be the determination of NOAA, they are likely more effected by the lack of food.

        So the little fish eat the plants, many of which concentrate radiation, then become sterile, die or are just to brain dead and mutated to survive. Then a pod of thousands of refugee dolphins sweep through the region looking for "greener" pastures. How many fish are left out there? The ones left are surely being picked off by the starving seals, predatory fish and other marine animals.

        A great way to research the actual reality would be to talk to the fishing community. It is relatively easy to use leverage to gag the media and look the other way when measuring radiation but I doubt they have gone along the docs and convinced the fishermen or dock hands that they should not talk.

        Look at the catches from the ocean. The link above shows measurements from individual samples. It does not address the numbers part of the problem. Are fishers having to work harder to produce the same output, going further or to new waters? these stories should give real data and real feedback from real people that this is having an immediate impact on.

        I do not have time to go into it but this link might be a start for someone who is interested.

  • ruppert

    Does anybody know how far beneath the meltdowns that they reach water? I remember from Chernobyl that they actually took quick action to try to prevent that meltdown from hitting water. It seems that Tepco is just waiting and doing nothing so they can say "There's nothing we can do" and the rest of the world just watches like they're waiting for a fire to burn itself out.

    I still get amazed how so many people are fussing about trivial things while this rages on and the media wants to spend so much time on things like gun control and gay marriage and "media personalities" while our planet becomes unsustainable for Life.


    Ground Beneath Japan Still Hasn't Settled Since the Sendai Earthquake

    "The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 rocked the island country for 6 full minutes, wreaking devastation that is still being cleaned up, cleared away and paved over today. But even as structures are rebuilt, roads are re-paved and power lines restored, there's a deeper, and potentially more damning problem looming beneath the surface in cities bordering Tokyo Bay: soil liquefaction.

    Liquefaction occurs when sediment in the ground becomes so saturated with water that it begins ebbing and flowing, sometimes opening up trenches in the surface that can fell entire apartment buildings. It's known to happen after earthquakes, when the vibrations in the Earth's crust create separations in packed soil, effectively freeing it up to begin moving and sliding.

    The ground in parts of the east side of Honshu, near the Sendai earthquake's epicenter, hasn't settled yet. The results are trippy–not to mention dangerous–experiences for Japanese city dwellers. Imagine you're strolling down the sidewalk in downtown Chiba and a strip of asphalt to your left, maybe 100 feet long and seven feet wide, begins sliding back and forth all by itself. Then water begins gushing up from the cracks in the ground, flooding the street in front of your eyes."

  • Bones Bones

    Just as an aside, people living on a base in Japan somewhat near Tokyo have recently had "Radon detectors" installed. I don't know how many members have had one installed in their home or just certain people or if everyone has had one installed. Now, does anyone know if Japan has problems with radon gas? I suspect it's to warn the people if rad levels get too high externally. I'm happy they are installing these devices, but I also thought, wouldn't that device just be a gamma counter with a warning device in similar principle to a smoke detector or co2 detector [No levels given just alarms sounded during immediate health risk]; A simple dosimeter-like type device and not a specific isotope detector unless it measures only the energies of radon gas obviously. I don't know the make and model, sorry. Would a radon detector go off if exposed to other sources of radiation, gamma I presume? At least, they seem to be doing SOMETHING even if they aren't telling the truth of the situation. [Better than nothing IMO] The timing of these installations is just too coincidental as radiation is accumulating more and more, affecting further away areas more and more, and the plant keeps adding more isotopes to the environment. I mean some commonsense means they are installing some type of counter and alarm system. By no means am I suggesting they are doing enough, but it's more than I thought, which would be nothing and complete denial. Any replies/thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Bones Bones

      Installed in their homes I meant. To me that signaled a huge increase in releases or levels are becoming too high too close to home. With this news, can we call it news when it's old?, I'm more concerned about what we don't know and what the higher ups know. I'm sure they are flying drones non-stop and satellites are giving 24/7 streams of data for the entire world, but we will never know the truth lest power be lost and not electrical. I won't ever be desensitized, but with the amount of radiation already released we are facing the death of the Pacific before our eyes as well as the countries/states along the Pacific. The rest of us will die slowly through cancers, heart attacks, and all the "non-associated," despite proven over and over scientifically, side-effects of low-dose exposure. At what point will exposures over CONUS, more the east coast and east of the Rockies, will low-dose become high-dose environmentally? 10 years? I mean this will never ever be solved. Japan is literally broke beyond all measures. That I believe is the ultimate reason Fuku still continues. Gees, seems every true evil against humanity goes back to the banks. Sure politicians can be evil and stupid, the great majority, but many exist that do want to help. I think Japan just can't admit they are broke and can't fix it. It's as if they figure they will enjoy the time they have left while committing suicide. Sick they decide our fate for US! I certainly don't want that!

      • Bones Bones

        Just so I'm on topic a bit more, I consider the coriums to have have burned deep enough already to contaminate the ground water which will run off into the Pacific. These containers, we all knew, would eventually run of out room. I think it should be a given, at this point, that TEPCO has released this purposefully. I see intention here everywhere. As I said in the post above, they don't have the money to fix this problem and neither do the U.S. or the E.U. Hell, the E.U. is still struggling with Chernobyl, but at least they are trying to contain the damn thing as much as possible.I truly believe economics are the main reason behind this disaster not being somewhat contained or minimized by now. All I see is PR BS that they are doing SOMETHING, which makes no difference in the end, and the denial of the world that our economic system is as unsustainable as their water "treatment" system and their "efforts" at Fuku. The economy, esp the Japanese, is literally broke. Why aren't their "allies" [What an archaic term.] coming to the rescue? Because they are just as broke, not technically but systemically, hence the obfuscation and misdirection we see everywhere. My general rule is multiply any number from TEPCO by 10 and that's more realistic than what they claim. lol As another poster said, where are the workers at? Why aren't they speaking out? Only a couple? That reeks of PR to me. Could be real people, but come on. No honor left? Sorry, for rant…

    • No.. radon is an ALPHA source,… so must wonder if it's true-radon detectors… they are quite different from radiation detectors. That do Beta & Gamma mostly, with Alpha detect on the more high-end types.

  • fredlvie

    i am sure,another rat has bitten a hole into the containment.