NHK Special Report on Fukushima: “We are still in an emergency… Not much time left… We can’t afford to wait” (VIDEO)

Published: August 12th, 2013 at 6:31 pm ET


NHK Evening News Special Report, August 9, 2013 (h/t Silvio Sheen) – Noriyuki Mizuno, NHK Science Commentator: Large amounts of radioactive substances are seeping with water from the facility. So the accident is not over yet. The nuclear disaster is still ongoing, and all stakeholders should understand that we are still in an emergency and share the sense of crisis. And not much time is left. Until now, contaminated water issue initially was about the water level rising inside the buildings. And they were transferred to tanks and there was time for a solution, but now we cannot afford to wait. […]

Asahi, August 10, 2013: Tepco started pumping up groundwater at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Aug. 9 […] from a newly dug well on the east side of the turbine building for the No. 2 reactor […] water levels in the well rose sharply due to the accumulation of groundwater. There were also fears that contaminated water could overflow from the well.

Asahi, July 27, 2013: 2.35 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium were detected per liter of water that was sampled July 26 from a cable pit on the ocean side of the No. 2 reactor. A liter of the water was also found to contain 750 million becquerels of radioactive substances that emit beta rays, such as strontium.

Bloomberg, June 3, 2011: Water level in basements and trenches rose and […] may start overflowing […] “The risk of overflow is as serious as the meltdown of reactor fuel rods that’s already happened,” Tetsuo Ito, the head of the Atomic Energy Research Institute at Kinki University in western Japan, said in a phone interview.

Watch the NHK evening news special report here

Published: August 12th, 2013 at 6:31 pm ET


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42 comments to NHK Special Report on Fukushima: “We are still in an emergency… Not much time left… We can’t afford to wait” (VIDEO)

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      'Caution: Reading about NRC and federal corruption can be toxic:'

      No shit, jump-ball.

      Some of you would be well off taking a break from all this now and then. We've already lost too many off this site.

      Make sure you're spending enough time with family and loved ones.

      It's only going to get worse – much worse.

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    Well, if nobody can figure out how to mobilize the Shell/Kulluk drill rig to drill some offshore injection wells..
    ..and if nobody can figure out how to get a steady supply of Graphene out of Alaska for rad-filtration..

    then TEPCO should hurry up and build a 100km long HDPE-pipe ocean outfall into the bottom of the 5000meter deep ocean-trench..
    ..this would have been done last year if I was on the management team.

    Meanwhile, US-Congress is worried spitless if Bradley Manning and Ed Snowden will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize


    • Putting radioactive water or cores into a deep trench will only delay, not prevent the disaster. Oceans circulate in a 1,000 year cycle.

      So if you put highly radioactive water into the trench today, 1,000 years from now, future generations will have to deal with the poisons our generation created and dumped on them to deal with.

      Of course, we are dumping all of this poison on future generations anyway, because the decay times are that long for many of the 1,200 man made radioactive elements. We might as well talk about infinity.

      • 21stCentury 21stCentury

        When fighting wildfires or nuke disasters every minute by minute decision is all about mitigating risk the best way you can..
        yes, I know a lot about nuke-tech because I have worked in&against dirty-nukepower since 1960's.. I'm one of the guys who talked the stakeholders and top-management of Trojan Nukeplant to shut the damn thing down as early as they could without going totally bankrupt.

        Filtering the rad-water with graphene would be best if we had a 10,000 ton bargeload of Alaskan graphite sitting in the docks in Japan, but we don't.

        I do know that if all stops are pulled, in 60 days a 100km 48" HDPE outfall can be installed to the bottom of the ocean trench, and the unfiltered radwater can be inserted with minimal turbulence into the soft sediments under a blanket with zeolite on top.

        Alaska has 280 million tons of high grade graphite located in one mining claim alone, and there's plenty of other graphite in other parts of AK too.

        • 21stCentury 21stCentury

          Rad-water runoff from a rad-mess like Fukushima has solid particles and dissolved gases with a small fraction of D&T-heavy-water.. after graphene filtration the purified D&T-heavywater 5-10% is acceptable to inject in offshore wells carefully placed, or if inserted into open ocean water deep in the 5000meter trench it will mostly decay before it gets spread much further. With a little extra time and funding even the heavy water can be extracted in barge mounted processing units.

          Once enough barge mounted equipment is mobilized then the water problem can be stabilized.

          Fukushima is not impossible to clean up, but for the US-congress to sit on it's dumb narcissistic stupid ass in the face of nuke disasters like this is grounds for impeachment of the entire government. Only exception is Ron Wyden from Oregon, who else ??

          Every jackass is the US-Pentagon is useless chickenshit when it comes to Fukushima.
          goog: fukushima stuxnet

          …I pound this into the patriotic veterans at the coffeeshop and they wimpout & run home to mama.

          • We Not They Finally

            You've mentioned graphene A LOT of times now! And maybe it's a GOOD suggestion (I'm not literate with that.) Have you presented it to anyone who can implement that?

        • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

          I like and appreciate your posts because you seem to have some technical knowledge that can really do a lot of good…with one exception….Your trench idea. I agree with your 100km long 48" HDPE (I assume that's a pipe, please clarify) idea, but it MUST NOT be built to go out into the ocean. This is the type of thinking that brought us to Fukushima (and millions of other bad ideas) in the first place. Take your pipe idea and make it go WEST, not east. Make the pipe pump the water INLAND to trucks or storage tanks or whatever. The owner's/operators/stakeholders of this plant are responsible (if not legally, certainly morally) for every drop of contaminated water. It all must be pumped inland and stored within japan until other arrangements can be made. You said the D&T heavy water would decay in the trench before it impacted other areas…well, let it decay in tanks inland before it affects other areas. You build a pipe out to that trench (or any injection well onshore/offshore) and there is no accountability whatsoever. Everything from Fuku and a thousand other death machine companies in japan will be shoved through that pipe.

          Further, when piping the water INLAND, why not put a filter on it every kilometer? Concentrate as much waste into the filters, then vitrify or dry cask it in some way.

          Again, one more drop of contaminated fuku water into the ocean is unacceptable. Go with your idea, but make it better. Thoughts/rebuttals?

          • 21stCentury 21stCentury

            M.E. I agree with you, but keep in mind that this cleanup project is on the beach and a significant amount of radfuel has already been blown into the ocean.. yes, I am anticipating having to vacuum-clean the ocean bottom with suction dredges eventually too, but not right now until we stabilize what's left of the 2200 tons of nukefuel inside the plant.

            Most rad-crap is natural junk anyway, plutonium and a few others the exceptions… so I look at it as a nasty relative to mercury and arsenic and lead.

            If we can clean up the arsenic from ASARCO, or the mercury out of Barometer Mountain at Red Devil on the Kuskokwim River, then we can clean up anything.

        • nedlifromvermont

          Why not go with the Supertanker parked off shore and pump the water into it for further treatment, storage or eventual disposal … without then flimsy Yakuza built storage bins, whichnare about tomrust through anyway, or break in the next quake ??? I think I suggested this about a year ago … what the Koreans don't build supertankers anymore ??? You don't think they'd rather donate a tanker than end up ingesting the radionuclides in their seaweed??? Think again! What. Saudi Arabia, Shell or Exxon doesn't have a spare tanker or two to loan to the bankrupt government of Japan??

          Hey 'newsers!!! Anyone out there got a spare, empty oil tanker or two to store the radwaste from the

          • nedlifromvermont

            … (hit submit too soon)

            … from the WORLD'S WORST, THAT'S RIGHT, THE WORLD'S WORST EVER NUCLEAR PLANT ACCIDENT EVER (way worse than Chernobyl!!!)

            Come on, Japan, give me a break … you can't even come up with a spare supertanker?!?!?!?!

            What a bunch of LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!

            … peace …

            • 21stCentury 21stCentury

              Yeah, I like the stuportanker idea..

              The old EXXON Valdez supertanker recently got turned into rebar & razorblades in India.

              There's a wealthy Taiwanese industrialist who owns a supertanker that he tried to demo his oilspill cleanup-tech with in Gulf of Mexico, but he got the brushoff from Bungled Plumbing BP-oil.

              Russia needs NukeCleanup Supertankers too..
              they have a big nukemess in the arctic ocean that needs more cleanup.
              If you can corral it in a supertanker then you can experiment with the new transmutation technologies coming out too.

              Graphene can be used many different ways to filter water, and the simplest method was recently demo'd by Kalmykov & Tour.. just mix bulk graphene flake into radwater and stir it up, 99% of the heavy particles get trapped in the graphene flakes.

              Reverse Osmosis graphene filters can be very efficient for concentrating radwater particulates.

              Electrolytically activated perovskite doped carbon aerogel/graphene/nanotube filters can concentrate tritium and deuterium too.

              A HDPE-pipe ocean outfall is still gonna be a necessary evil for keeping all the excess surface runoff from all the rest of Fukushima Prefecture from mixing with surface seawater. Then begin to treat the water in the outfall pipe ASAP on barges before it reaches the bottom of the deep trench.

              Cleaning up 5000 sq-kilometers of Japan will be the worlds biggest washdown project.

              Activated water and TiO2 is amazing stuff too

              yes, I'm an urchin…

              • 21stCentury 21stCentury

                yes, I'm an urchin diver and seaweed farmer too..

                we are just beginning to understand the possibility of transmutation of rad-isotopes in the ocean ecology..
                50 years since Pacific Nuke Bomb Testing we are beginning to see some divergence from the originally expected actinide decay pathways, there might be some natural biological transmutation happening in the coral reefs??

                I prefer not to do "ocean dumping" and will encourage everybody to consider "deep ocean storage" as a method where there is no better option. This means: place it there in solid containment so we can pick it up later, not in rusty old barrels.

                There are young scientists out there now who are busy researching how to make "magic nano-dust" micro swimming robots that gobble up all the floating plastic in the ocean, maybe something similar can be developed to gobble up and retrieve nuke pollution in the ocean too.

                Deep ocean sediment tends to be naturally radioactive anyway, we just don't want to make it worse if we don't have to.. but deep ocean mining can help strike a balance.

                It's frustrating to be stuck with 2200 tons of nukemess on the beach with zillions of tons of water in a typhoon/earthquake belt.

                ..if we succeed at cleaning it up it will be a lesson well earned

          • hbjon hbjon

            Multiple pipelines, with inline replaceable filters, going north to a manmade lake whose bottom is completely sealed and water resistant. The area north of the Fukushima complex is nuclear wasteland for thousands of years anyway.

            • 21stCentury 21stCentury

              Yeah, developing dry-land radwater management systems is good too.. but we are still in crisis emergency mode, whatever we do needs to address a critical timeline until we get a handle on the coriums.

              Using Ice Walls can be a good idea too, everything is in the toolbox, success depends on skill with each technique and being able to do it quickly.

              The reactor explosions scattered nuke-fuel all over the place, it's a heck of a mess but it's not the end of the world, yet.

    • mopar69 mopar69

      21stCentury, if you are still monitoring this site, send me an email Your information is appreciated and important. Now is not the time for alarmisim.The voice of reason is paramount.

  • Holygeezer

    Can't afford to wait?! You've waited for two and a half years now. Methinks it's a little too late now. Kinda of like closing the barn doors after all the cows have escaped.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Yes, I also think it's way too late and my main concern is subsidence and the continuing earthquakes which seem quite shallow. I wonder if it is not the corium exploding underground as it seems after these local tremors, the levels of rads increase exponentially.

  • Paiute023 Paiute023


    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      I've seen this post on different articles. Can you please give some description as to what it is for all of us that don't use twitter or other social media sites or certain types of phones?

      You're certainly well under the character limit…please give some description, thanks.

  • wemadethis wemadethis

    I don't know if this had been posted here before
    but I'll post it around.

    the quality isn't very good but I think it gives a
    pretty clear image of the reality on the ground.

  • snukey

    An ice wall? Really? These guys take the cake and our lives with it. We're fu**ing done. No clue at all. How in the hell do you keep a wall of water frozen around atleast 3 melted reactor cores. What about underneath? Hurry….everyone donate their freezer coils to Japan.

    • Au Au

      Mmm hmm and for thousands and thousands of years.

      Does anyone remember way back in the beginning of Enenews there was a German who designed a system that cleaned radioactive smoke? He made contact in Japan to offer his system but it was a no-go or they did not get back to him or something like that. I hope he trys to contact them again. If there was some way they could, at least, suck all that smoke off the plant and clean it that would help it to not blow around the world.

      I just took a plane trip and the plane was having troubles. Seriously, I thought if this thing goes down- so what. We are all going down anyway. Babies, fish, plankton, animals, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, trees, plants, the air, the oceans, the soil, seals, dolphins, livelyhoods, the luxury to eat safe food. There's no way out of this mess.

      And for what?

    • We Not They Finally

      snukey, not a problem. You just keep it a zillion degrees cold to counteract the zillion degrees hot. Piece o' cake.

      • weeman

        As far as I can comprehend, even if we were to achieve absolute zero surrounding corium it would have little or no effect, as radioactive isotopes produce there own heat and therefore can not stop the movement of atoms as friction produces heat?, yes friction.
        Change the density and you can slow reaction, we must get back to basic physics. Simple is best.
        It's just my imagination running away with me. Never give up, it's not in my makeup.
        Please enlighten and verify.

  • Karen Silkwood, An Anti Nuclear Industry Matyr; via @AGreenRoad

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Not much time left? Really? "Not much time left" has come and gone. Do the inevitable and do it now. HYDROGEN BOMB!! The fallout will be way much less harmful than what has been and is being spewed out for the last 2 and 1/2 yrs and the high temps of an Hbomb will kill off most of the crap escaping into the environment that we are sucking in everyday.. SO what if half the island falls into the sea. That half is destroyed already anyway. Only option left. Time is quickly running out for that option if not too late already. Japan says they are taking over at the facility? Anyone seen any troops or government people on any cams or videos? Me either.. Fight fire with fire. Nuke the failed nuke plant. Obviously warn people to stay clear by 500 miles or so. NUKUSHIMA!!!!! The amount of steamsmogfog that we have witnessed for the last few months can mean only one thing. The coriums have interacted with the aquifer and criticalities are causing the massive steam releases. What say you PattiB?????????

    • richard mancer

      I say send in every nuker and politician and lobbyist that supports and encourages nukes.

      Send in each one of them to extract, piece by piece, every component of fukukuku.

      Nuking the site is totally out of the question. You really don't understand what you're asking for.

      No one do anything, until each and every nuker has been consumed in an attempt to quelch the fire. No one perform sacrifice, or volunteer, until all those responsible have paid their full price first.

      If the fire is still not out, then we being to send in the innocent.

    • brainheart

      Do fighter jets count? Not sure how long they were there, but I saw them August 7 – August 8 at the Fukushima Airport.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Dude, blowing up the plant with any type of explosive or nuclear device is one of the dumbest things you could do. I'm pretty sure I've seen you voice this opinion quite a few times over the past couple years, and most people respond to your post that it's a bad idea, yet you keep putting it forward. Okay, my turn to let you know, then, and hopefully this time it sticks because others who don't know any better might actually believe you, then go around repeating that type of bullshit to others that don't know any better.

      If you love the idea so much, do some homework on it. Radionuclides are elements, not organic matter that can be burned up. Don't you think that if radionuclides could be gotten rid of through incineration, we wouldn't be in this mess right now? All your H-bomb idea would do would immediately end any hope of ever mitigating anything. It would vaporize and/or aerosolize most things at the site. That doesn't mean they're gone, it just means they're now floating around in the air for you to breath in. Then they land on things for you to eat or drink. This continues forever. On top of that, your bomb isn't going to do anything productive about the coriums below the surface aside from piss them off. And you add fallout from an H-bomb. And, you'll immediately scatter enough nuke material to wipe out Daiini, if not destroy it with the bomb. Then you've begun the second step of the domino effect. I stop now only for word limit.

    • We Not They Finally

      timemachine2020, if they do your plan, we will never MAKE it to 2020! Good God! Get a grip.

  • CBC interviewed a Green Peace activist, a University professor and the Japanese ambassador to Canada on Fukushima. Pretty good show.
    Can find it at Click on recently added tab.

    Good for mainstream and worth listening to. My taxes finally doing something worthwhile. Peace.

  • razzz razzz

    Graphene is a relatively new substance for industrial use, can be thin and stronger than steel and filters well can be used in common products such as solar cells and speaker cones, etc. Arnie seems to like zeolite walls for filtering. There is always the problem of what to do with radioactive contaminated materials when saturated.

    An underground ice wall would at least stabilize the soil long enough to built a more permanent wall. You can't dig in wet ground and expect a deep trench to stay dry.

    They better do something soon, the situation is not getting any better.

    • hbjon hbjon

      The "in line" filters need to be of a material that can trap heavy metals within its matrix. My suggestions have been crushed shells and charcoal. Two plentiful and effective materials.

  • We Not They Finally

    "Not much time is left" to WHAT???

  • KingofthePaupers

    Not much time left… We can’t afford to wait”
    Jct: Not much time left to wait for the Argentine Solution to pay workers to bury the threat as soon as possible!

  • sicx sicx

    Haven't posted in awhile, but I've seen more hope in these comments then I have in a long time here. But I ask you all, is it not already too late? A lot of these things you guys are speaking of would take lots of time, billions of dollars, and an ammount of coordination beyond anything our governments are capable of. I think we could have stopped this from being an ELE if the entire globe had not taken no for an answer from Japan. But 300 tons of water x 800+ days? Life in the pacific is dying off already. The Corium is going to continue to do this forever. How long before another plant on a faultline or coast repeats this? Can we really keep powere at all plants for the next thousand years? I don't think so.

  • fuganzi


    Every living creature on this planet, who is exposed to the byproducts, (and their descendants who will inherit their damaged DNA), is a stakeholder.

    To me, this is the central problem in this whole debate.

    Only the TEPCO executives, and shareholders, and engineers are considered stakeholders.

    But when TEPCO spews radioactive crap into MY ocean, I am also a stakeholder, and I'm mad as hell.

    Not all stakeholders are being considered.