NHK: “Contaminated underground water may have moved aboveground” at Fukushima plant — Asahi: Immediate concern it’s “spilling” into Pacific

Published: August 3rd, 2013 at 8:43 am ET
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NHK, August 3, 2013: [...] TEPCO admitted during the [Friday] meeting that contaminated underground water may have moved aboveground along seawalls that were solidified to stop leakages. TEPCO’s proposals include construction of a new facility to gather underground water flowing toward the seaside of the plant and begin pumping water in late August. Experts in the group urged TEPCO to implement the measures ahead of schedule, citing the seriousness of the problem. [...]

Asahi Shimbun, August 3, 2013: [...] The immediate concern is radioactive water seeping along the seaward side of the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors and spilling into the sea. [...] the water level in observation wells has risen sharply to about 1 meter from the ground’s surface, [...] the walls can only be built with their tops at 1.8 meters beneath the surface. That means the water levels in the observation wells have already risen above the top edges. If such a situation continues, the completed barriers will be unable to prevent the water from reaching the ocean. In addition, calculations show that if the water levels continue to rise at the current pace, contaminated water will flood the surface in about three weeks. [...]

See also: Water in ground could start surfacing at Fukushima plant -- Continuing to rise rapidly

Published: August 3rd, 2013 at 8:43 am ET
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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Radioactive groundwater at Fukushima nuclear plant above barrier
    Aug. 3 2013

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/radioactive-groundwater-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant-above-barrier/411643-2.html

    And when the next major storm/typhoon comes in?
    What then?


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  • lickerface lickerface

    The jet stream is enough to make USA concerned.


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  • more article highlights

    "…at the current pace, contaminated water WILL flood the surface in about three weeks."

    [fishermen] "they have also steadily lost trust in TEPCO."

    "…extremely high levels of radiation reached the ocean…"

    "…in reality, contaminated water continued to flow into the ocean."

    "The company will make estimates of the flow of strontium, which has greater effects on the environment and tends to accumulate in human bones."
    (They just haven't got around to that one yet. hmm…?)
    (Seems 'fishy'.)

    fishy: Both 1 and 2
    1. of or resembling fish especially in taste or odor
    2. creating doubt or suspicion, questionable

    Note: NO MENTION of PLUTONIUM as usual.

    What does this all mean?
    What will the overall affects be in the short term and long term?

    ;) Why aren't more questions being asked?


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    • Cisco Cisco

      "Why aren't more questions being asked?"

      Because the psychopaths know the answers, they are ugly; and, if the GP discovers it, there could be some interruption of cash flow.


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      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Hi everyone. Newbie here but I have been lurking for quite a while, at least a year. I used to feel quite bitter about TEPCOs need to keep cash flowing and pretend things weren't that bad. But I think I've started to realize that stopping the money stops the work and that is only going to accelerate the part where we all get sick. So I've flopped to being thankful those workers are still there even if there isn't much they can do. I just am thankful every day w/my kids and family. And I'm thankful you are all here too so we have some idea how to interpret what's happening and how to proceed. One Day at A Time. I have to admit it's so surreal when no one around me really embraces what you discuss here and other websites. You hide it so people don't think you're nuts but then you're mourning what you know is coming.


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        • pure water

          Hi, Phil! So, you already know how people react. But I am pretty sure, no one has stopped talking. What is real, and what surreal? – In a world where everybody is entrapped in the belief that the universal measure for achievement and wellbeing is money, what sense of relity do you expect? People sell their health and dignity for a pile of paper. They do not notice what is going on with their air, food and water, while focusing on money game.


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    The water did'nt rise … the ground lowered ! … $$POD$$


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  • jec jec

    Subsidence. Anyone know what the GPS ground level shows there? Higher? Lower? Was admitted by TEPCO of a 70cm DROP in ground level recently. IT was old info, but no new info was provided. Three weeks to have the nuclear content flow freely (if not already doing so) into the Pacific?!!! Remember just the word, SUBSIDENCE, was caused a TEPCO hissy fit about ENENEWS in Fall 2011. Caused removal of the webcams for a few days..and the new 'views' later. We ENENEWSERS are not Best Friends of TEPCO I dont think; we are months, weeks if not years ahead of TEPCO/JAPAN's careful media campaign. We ruin their situation control.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    This nuclear nightmare is spilling into Japan, continuously.


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  • safelyiniowa safelyiniowa

    Keep in mind that radionuclides change their atomic number as they decay. When this happens the chemistry changes, which affects distribution and absorption. Think of Iodine 131, it can be carried in water and is taken up by the thyroid gland. It is a decay result, not the original radionuclide.


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