New highly radioactive leak from pipe at Fukushima plant — Expert: Nuclear material may be flowing from “damaged pipes or drains” into Pacific

Published: April 11th, 2013 at 12:47 pm ET
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NYTimes, April 10, 2013: Some experts say that contaminated water has continued to reach the Pacific. Jota Kanda, an oceanographer at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, said last month in a discussion paper posted on the Web site of the journal Biogeosciences that Tepco’s own readings of radiation levels in waters off the plant suggest a continued leak of radioactive cesium into the ocean. “This suggests that water might be leaking out from the plant through damaged pipes or drains or other routes,” he said.

Kyodo News, April 11, 2013: Another radioactive leak was detected at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Thursday while workers were pumping out contaminated water from one of the troubled underground tanks, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. This time about 22 liters of radioactive water has leaked from a junction of the piping. The liquid has seeped into the soil, according to TEPCO. [...]

AFP, April 11, 2013: Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has sprung yet another leak of radioactive water, its operator said on Thursday, the latest in an increasingly long line of mishaps to rattle public confidence. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said around 22 litres (six US gallons) of highly radioactive waste water leaked from a pipe as work crews were trying to empty a reservoir that itself had already sprung leaks. [...]

Bloomberg: Yesterday, Tepco reported another leak of radiated water, this time from a pipe.

See also: Bloomberg: Radioactive water from Fukushima reactors to be dumped in Pacific? "It's obvious they can't keep storing it forever"

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  • Sickputer

    "This suggests that water might be leaking out from the plant through damaged pipes or drains or other routes,” he said"

    SP: Yes…we know the other routes…

    Long ago they gave up on the logistics of building an effective cofferdam to prevent underground radioactive water from reaching the Pacific Ocean.

    They have 3 nuclear reactor buildings cracked by earthquake tremors that moved walls and floors several feet horizontally as well as several feet vertically. 25-foot steel-reinforced walls and floors developed large splits. Units 1-3 had internal explosions weakening the buildings more and left nuclear fuel on ceilings, walls, and floors.

    Bigger chunks of the meltdown that descended remains as a mass of corium beneath each building, probably completely outside the bottom foundation. There is no way to repair the building cracks and holes because the radioactive rays kills robots and humans in minutes. The Russian contained a much smaller reactor at Chernobyl, but the Japanese have been unable to fix the buildings so they can have a closed water system. Feed and bleed indeed.

    So they pour water into the buildings with big pumps and then recirculate into their filtering system water that doesn't leak away.

    Part 1…


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    • Sickputer

      Part 2…

      The other "sources:…

      The 95,000 gallons of water they say they are losing everyday pales to the millions of gallons of water from underground fissures that are coursing over the three coriums and then flows underground to the ocean.

      The mudstone subsurface under the nuclear plant has fissures that carry water from inland water resources and also tidal action flow brings saltwater into the fissures from the lagoon. This is the big threat at Fukushima Daiichi…not the 400 tons (95,000 gallons) they are injecting daily.

      Millions of gallons of contaminated water are rushing into the ocean each day from the crippled plant. That is the invisible elephant in the room Tepco never wishes to discuss.

      They know there is a global ocean crisis at that plant. Measuring radiation in the ocean is a science they have perfected 50 years ago. They know exactly how much radiation is escaping into the ocean and it is far more than from their injected water losses.


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      • We Not They Finally

        What REALLY pales is their so-called "confession" about all of SIX GALLONS "leaking."


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      • omniversling

        Very well summarised SP, thanks..and this incredible animation of Sea Surface Temperature hotspot off Fukup (from popeyesmotto April 1 at 1:34 am on http://enenews.com/tepco-losing-faith-in-leaking-fukushima-tanks-but-we-dont-have-anywhere-else-to-put-the-radioactive-water )

        http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/sst/ani-weekly.html

        also from PhilipUpNorth April 10, 2013 at 6:43 am, same thread:

        http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_daily.php?plot=ssa&inv=0&t=cur

        Great thread and info there…love all you 'newsers!

        peace


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          omniversling, if what the NOAA sea temperature anomaly map shows indicates where the radiation is going, then the Pacific Ring of Fire, and especially the Southern Oceans (Pacific and Atlantic) are in trouble.

          Look at how the water circles around the Pacific, near the Phillipines, Indian Ocean, and Indonesia. Notice a large branch of the water circulates down into the Southern Hemisphere. It appears to get carried around near Antarctica, and past Cape Horn (South America) and the Caoe of Good Hope (Africa). It's easy to see it's circulating throughout the Southern Ocean.

          So maybe eating Northern Hemisphere seafood, or seafood from the Arctic and extreme Northern latitudes isn't such a bad idea after all.

          Can anyone else please comment on this? Anyone out there with background in oceanography who knows how the currents carry pollutants in the oceans?

          Interesting — the two "hot spots" (dark maroon, top of the scale) are presently near Fukushima, and the Western part of Africa, somewhat close to the Cape of Good Hope. The second hot spot appears to be somewhere near the border between Namibia and South Africa.

          Check it out.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            That was "Cape of Good Hope" in both instances, above. Spelled one as Caoe of Good Hope.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            And look at what's "lighting up" off the southern part of Australia.


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          • ion jean ion jean

            I am not an oceanographer but study meteorology and nuclear history and conspiracies because the life of my family depends on it. I did come across this:

            "For three or four days we weren't allowed outside. They closed all the ports and hatches. Then they said it was `low enough' to go out. They let us go on the islands in the Eniwetok and Bikini atolls and go swimming. I saw dead sea life all over, floating around by the millions." Later, sailing into San Francisco, the U.S.S. Curtis remained radioactive, Hyman said. "They wouldn't let us off the ship for three days." ebook "Killing Our Own" ratical.org


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      • ion jean ion jean

        Wonderful commentary, Sickputer! And it disturbs me greatly that the MSM, satisfied with TEPCO's atomic amnesia, would not critique the obvious which is:

        Cesium never travels alone! The burning suns have many, many daughters with names like: Plutonium, Strontium, Barium, Cobalt, Tellurium, Ruthenium, Carbon, Uranium and so on.

        Where are those measurements gushing into the ocean?


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      • We Not They Finally

        SP: So what you are saying in Part 2, is that seawater surges into the melted corium under the plants, then surges out, again and again and again? It's like the ocean water is continually radioactively "rinsed" through the coriums on an ongoing, repeating, unstoppable basis? That sounds about right…

        Making the red herring here (although it's terrible in and of itself) is that there is just too much cooling water accumulating, we may have to dump it into the ocean. That refers to water that has at least been minimally contained by some inadequate barrier or container. But the reality is that there is NO barrier between the melted coriums and the ocean!


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    • japan guinea pig

      Can you believe this !! ???.
      This appeared in this mornings "Japan time" newspaper.
      No cesium in 99% of Fukushima pop.
      April 12, 2013
      [Jiji Press]
      Radioactive cesium was not detected in the bodies of 99 percent of about 22,000 people in Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture, a survey by a University of Tokyo team has found.

      The survey result was published in the Transactions of the Japan Academy.

      The team including Ryugo Hayano, a professor at the university, examined the internal radiation exposure levels of people in the prefecture in a period between March and November last year, after the outbreak of the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant in March 2011


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      • jec jec

        Well..and HOW did they TEST for this? Since from what we were understanding..they tested for Iodine and not some of the other isotopes. Garbage in garbage out. Anyone have been info on what they really tested for? Was pretty simple..and not run by highly trained technitions from all we saw….they did a fast track training job for the ultra sound exams for sure.

        What equipment did they use for the cesium testing? Knowledge is power.


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      • We Not They Finally

        Transparently false results, and printed suspiciously LATE, to boot, and also conveniently at a time when the panicking is coming to the surface generally. No one an believe this. Just flat-out, no one can believe this.


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    • jec jec

      From this discussion, it seems TEPCO and the government really do not want to stop the ocean saltwater flow and exit from the destroyed plants. IF they stop that leaching process with its washing away of daily radiation products, the local radiation levels and groundwater used for the populations will face much higher radiation rates, VISIBLE PROBLEMS. So the "wink wink" and the slow pace of blocking off the harbor has been on purpose, they can not stop using the seawater to help remove the poisons. When the rest of the world. or the one country that will face the FIRST wave of this disaster, the USA confesses they were aware, then everyone will know how badly this entire disaster has been handled by those who should have tried to protect their citizens. Its not just the USA..the Pacific will face extinction events. We see the seals in the north pacific and now in the N. Atlantic, sea lions dying in S. California/W. Coast USA, animals dying of heart and lung complaints -the sudden deaths of California race horses falling dead during exercise, the 'failure' to thrive of west coast USA small animals just starting to be reported, and more. The more is the hidden health dangers for our babies. Reports now suggest up to 28 percent of W.Coast USA babies face damages to thyroids plus other defects; mothers loss of pregnancies. When the reports of these anomlolies start increasing, it will be difficult to plead ignorance of the dangers, the facts have been there since 3/11.


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      • We Not They Finally

        That may also be [tragically] "academic" whether or not they WANT to "stop the ocean saltwater flow and exit from the destroyed plants" because IF they stop it "the populations [inland] will face much higher radiation rates." The reality seems to be that they could not stop it even IF they wanted to!! The whole "out of containment" syndrome.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Comparing Contaminated Zones Around Chernobyl And Fukushima Ocean Radiation Released; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparing-contaminated-zones-around.html

      What really happened at Fukushima? via A Green Road
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-really-happened-at-fukushima.html


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    LOL at trying to lie about "6 gallons"


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  • We Not They Finally

    We always knew it was gushing. It' just the news coverage that drib-drabs.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Seems perfectly ok with other countries that the earth's oceans are being contaminated with radiation. And the air. All of it. United States won't even acknowledge the problem.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    The sounds of a trickling truth for the masses in preparation for future realities that cannot be hidden.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    look out, here it comes!


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  • 20 kids killed and it a multi month country engrossing war over guns and rights (and not over mental health and Big Pharma)

    20,000,000 poisoned and the Pacific ecosystem poisoned, and Lame Street media may have an occasional story that doesn't come close to reality anyway.

    That is AMAZING

    Radiation is silent, odorless, invisible. Dead kids are graphic.


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  • razzz razzz

    They could always paint happy faces on the reactor buildings to make people have a better feeling about the nuclear mess.


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  • Sickputer did an awesome job explaining the situation. Thank-you. All I can add is I believe they have a good idea what the melted out reactor cores look like but aren't telling us. Therefore we can surmize water from cooling at least has been escaping into the environment through the basements since the earthquake. The spent fuel pools positioned just above the reactor cores need to be maintained in a high radiation environment. Those spent fuel pools especially #4 are a concern along with the gigantic 16,000 fuel rod bundles being cooled in a common fuel pool. More then a money pit a possible extintion level event if one of the spent fuel pools catch fire. Then the radiation would be too high for workers with the worst case scenario site gets abandoned and everything all fuel pools catch fire. The radiation leaking into the sea does suck but, I hate to say it, things could be worse.


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  • Jebus

    Just got word that Tepco has submitted a proposal for restructuring!
    They want to reorganize into a sports drink company.
    Ya, it's true.
    They chose the name Tepcola. The parent company is Yazuka brands.
    They want to market the refreshing corium springs that they discovered recently.
    Right now it's going to waste, flowing into the sea.
    Now they want to share this new discovery with the world.
    Seems it's fortified with over 2000 proprietary elements.
    It promotes vigorous cell growth and insulates your immune system.
    The bottles even glow in the dark, so you don't lose it.
    They are going to call it Fuku Dew.
    I hear it will put a permanent smile on your face.
    They even have a new slogan.
    Fuku Dew, is it in you!


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  • We Not They Finally

    Just this past Monday (April 8) Michael Collins gave an interview (go to enviroreporter.com) that the EPA was preparing NEW standards of "acceptable levels of radioactivity in the event of an emergency." and that it had previously been 3 picocuries per liter for I think it was iodine (may have been cesium), but now that was upped to 18,000!! From THREE to 18,000! It would be good if others looked up the back story on this with the new EPA director, as will we. We just heard it. We did not see the directive personally. (He didn't source it within the interview.) Obviously if true, it would mean that they are expected a MASSIVE influx. But now any deadly poison will be deemed "acceptable." We are going to check this shocking report out.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well, even a quick search turns out this may be VERY tricky to sort out. The EPA apparently "allows" a level which is for just one liter right NOW. The FDA gives a fantastically higher "allowable" amount, saying they are basing that on a projected exposure of SEVENTY YEARS. That all gets a little crazy if anyone is trying to pin an agency down to anything that makes sense! Honesty, transparency, equivalency — all NOT self-explanatory at first sight!


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  • Fred

    Maybe if they hadn't poked holes in the poly sheeting trying to "quietly" let the problem soak into the already radioactive ground it wouldn't be "leaking" like this?


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  • razzz razzz

    EX-SKF reports TEPCO says all 7 temporary pools are leaking. Why doesn't that surprise me? If they allow the supporting ground to be saturated from the leaks, it will get worse as mud will give no support.

    #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Pond Leak of April 2013: All 7 In-the-Ground Water Storage Ponds Are Leaking Radioactive (Beta) Water

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/04/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-pond-leak-of.html


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  • Every normally operating nuclear plant is a leaking mess of radioactivity..

    It is only because they have no public accountability, no radiation meters feeding live to the Internet from their vent stacks that anyone can check out what is going on and every one of their poisons is INVISIBLE, that they get away with all of this.


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