NHK: Tepco says it’s checking tanks of nuclear waste for quake damage — Official expects more aftershocks in Fukushima over next week, warns of mudslides

Published: September 19th, 2013 at 9:57 pm ET
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Title: Magnitude-5.9 quake hits Fukushima
Source: NHK
Date: Sept. 19, 2013

A strong earthquake jolted Fukushima Prefecture […]

[…] the preliminary magnitude was 5.9 and the focus was 17 kilometers underground in the eastern coastal part of Fukushima.

The quake measured 5 plus in Iwaki City on the Japanese intensity scale of 7. Two local women reported slight injuries. […]

The [Japan meteorological] agency’s senior official said that a quake with an intensity of about 4 could occur in areas around the epicenter over the next week. He warned of falling rocks and mudslides.

He said that aftershocks from the March 2011 quake still remain active in the nation’s northeastern and eastern areas.

[…] TEPCO says it is checking tanks storing radioactive wastewater in the plant’s compound.

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Published: September 19th, 2013 at 9:57 pm ET
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64 comments to NHK: Tepco says it’s checking tanks of nuclear waste for quake damage — Official expects more aftershocks in Fukushima over next week, warns of mudslides

  • dka

    let me tell you in advance, I am speaking for TEPCO and the Japanese governement:
    In regards to any strong earthquakes, explosions, typhons, fire, tsunamis, incredible amounts of releases of any radionuclides, tornados, whatever, for the next 10 years, are you ready to hear it?
    TEPCO found no problem and the government says it is safe.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    You can see the quake here at 02:25 [8 hours ago]
    2013.09.20 02:00-03:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfjTNW85qf0

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      EQ followed by bright greenish and purplish looking flashes and blobs in the sky. Like clouds. What we've been seeing for awhile and many have thought are increased radioactive emissions. There were a few pinkish looking blobs floating across the screen from right to left, too.

    • Sol Man

      Mysterious shadow crosses screen at 2:51-2:52, any ideas of what it is? I checked it out half a dozen times- no idea.

    • Wooster

      For those of you skimming through the video like I did, that's 02.25 local time posted at the top of the video, not 02.25 into the video.

      • jec jec

        Before the 2:25 TIME MARK and quake, note the little black crane's warning light blink a few times(to the left of the Reactor 4 building, up in the air at top of the almost invisible metal crane)followed by the quake. I wonder if there was a pre-quake shock,small, stirring up rads as the crane is used to test for radiation. We have watched this little guy since 3/11. His monitor device (at the top and front of the crane?) is always where there is probably high(er) radiation amounts in the reactors or area. Good capture and time slice @anne!

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Potrblog just posted that
    "A government award went out 9/18/13 for up to 2.79 million doses SPECIFICALLY to treat radiation sickness from a "nuclear incident", but they also seek to use it for "treatment of neutropenia (regardless of cause)" It just so happens the drug, is not only an experimental treatment for radiation sickness but also an experimental treatment for Influenza."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqaj772FkGk

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      even in the face of global catastrophe, theres a sound that can be heard from big pharma; kaching!*

      3 million doses….hmmm, enough for each of the one percenters.
      I wouldnt want to ruin their hope and faith in big pharma by telling the truth

      *english colloquialism for profit, presumably from the sound of an old cash register or adding machine

      • We Not They Finally

        CS, it's not that I don't share your cynicism. I do. But I think it far more likely that this is for the residents of NE Japan. That they are getting too ill to possibly cover up, so they at least want minimal mitigation. Shameful, slow, the criminal neglect is still monstrous, but maybe they finally have to do SOMETHING.

        • We Not They Finally

          Sorry, my mistake. Just looked up the link. Apparently the U.S. government ordered this, not the Japanese!! God knows who it goes to or under what circumstances. Cynicism fully renewed!

        • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

          I agree with CodeShutdown, with only 2.79 million there are not enough to come close to helping the average person or child in any country including Japan. Oh ya, they are doing something all right, preparing to cover their @sses only. These are the same people who prevented North Americans access to the K1 tablets after 3/11 that they paid for with their taxes. Each country keeps a supply in case of emergency. Then after collecting all the doses to send to Japan, only gave them out to doctors ect., not to any children or adults that were directly exposed.

          These are the same people who knew that children in North America were getting a 4 REM dose yet did nothing to protect them. If they were getting a dose that high a week later, just think how high the dose was in Japan.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            and do you know WHY potassium iodide was withheld from children? We didnt send enough petitions to our elected officials or invite them to peace rallies

            this is what you learn when you grow up; people are a lot more perverted and corrupt than you ever could have imagined

          • We Not They Finally

            Don't want to sound scary. I actually don't know. But 2.79 million just "happens" to be the population of the MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) of St. Louis, Missouri, which is currently experiencing 108 times background radiation!! Just THREE times background is supposed to be haz-mat. Maybe the underground fire did finally reach the 1500 tons of nuclear waste (I believe it's that amount — can be re-checked) being poorly stored there.

            In any case, it's a health catastrophe in the making, whether it's reported and addressed or not. I just thought to check because I thought that greater St. Louis had about 3 million people, but turns out that it's 2.79.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              Good sleuthing WNTF! Only curse words come to mind for nuclear perpetrators and their legion of enablers

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              WNTF do you have a link for that 108x background in St Louis?

              • We Not They Finally

                Not a direct link, but first learned of it from Michael Collins on the Jeff Rense Show a couple of weeks back. Collins has a GREAT website, enviroreporter.com, with such info posted. Also got a notice on it from Peter Daley, who is a great source of info and also reported 108 times background. Apparently, it was originally measured by potrblog, the same group that just reported the CDC's order from Amgen.

            • byron byron

              That's 108 CPM of Beta. Is 1 CPM Beta background radiation in St. Louis? Just checked NETC.

              • We Not They Finally

                No. Michael Collins is emphatic that it is NOT 108 CPM — it's 108 TIMES BACKGROUND. If he's wrong, he's wrong, but he was EMPHATIC about that on the Jeff Rense Show.

            • byron byron

              108 is CPM of Beta in St.Louis. Saw this number on NETC. The highest reading was 227, lowest 11. Average 77. Are those readings supposed to be times normal background of 1? Normal is 1 count per minute of Beta??

              • We Not They Finally

                Michael Collins (who does lots of testing, and carefully — he runs the Radiation Food Lab) was EMPHATIC that it is 108 times background, NOT 108 CPM. One would hope that he is wrong! But he was emphatic. Personally, I'm totally fine with people checking on this. Because St. Louis does have a special hazard with huge amounts of radioactive waste stored there and a non-extinguishable underground landfill fire approaching it. That's why it was plausible to me, but I'm only relaying what I heard. Hopefully it is NOT true.

            • bo bo

              Even if it gets worse in St. Louis, it will still be coverup coverup coverup blackout blackout blackout… I doubt government would actually care and plan for the citizens of st. Louis… I would go with codeshutdown's theory on supplying the 1 percenters

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            One thing you can say for the government; they are crazy good preppers. First the shelters, then the bullets, then the food now the iodine. Bet they have all the cool camo, machine gun equipped humvees, fueled up jets….oh the envy!
            Wonder if they carry those cyanide pills in case they get cornered by a truther or an angry Japanese mom?

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Neutropenia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutropenia

    Known to be caused by radiation exposure, and radiation therapy during cancer treatment.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/symptoms/neutropenia/22

      Introduction
      Neutropenia refers to a low level of white blood cells. Cancer patients are at higher risk of developing neutropenia because commonly used treatments for cancer such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy destroy cells that grow at a fast rate – such as white blood cells. Since white blood cells play an important role in preventing infection, any time your white blood cell count drops, you are at higher risk of getting an infection. Throughout the course of cancer treatment it is normal practice for doctors to monitor the levels of red and white blood cells and to take action if these become too low.

      Causes (1 was omitted due to copyright concerns):

      There are 2 main ways neutropenia can develop: if existing neutrophils are destroyed faster than they can be replaced, or if the production of neutrophils in the bone marrow is reduced.

      2) Production of neutrophils in the bone marrow is suppressed: people with cancer, a rare condition called aplastic anaemia, viral infections such as influenza, bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, myelofibrosis, or deficiencies of vitamin B12 or folic acid. People who have received radiation therapy that involves the bone marrow may also develop neutropenia. Many drugs, including phenytoin, chloramphenicol, an

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        HT Do you think they are getting ready for a critical event coming to the west coast or Hawaii? They just awarded the contract to Amgen yesterday.

      • We Not They Finally

        HoTaters, really bizarre to, on the one hand, feel some relief that finally SOMETHING/ANYTHING is being done for people, and on the other hand, that it means that the deterioration of public health over there is so drastic, continuing and extreme, that doing nothing no longer seems an option.

        But what takes care of the fury with this? There, I cannot find any on the one hand, or on the other hand. They're monsters. But at least now they are monsters who are being forced to do SOMETHING.

        • We Not They Finally

          Sorry, my mistake. Looked up the link and the U.S. GOVERNMENT apparently ordered this, not the Japanese. God knows who gets it or under what circumstances.

          People's short tern memory doesn't seem to work that well. Remember when everyone in the White House was taking Cipro just PRIOR to the anthrax attack??

  • We Not They Finally

    2.79 million, "by coincidence," is the exact pop of greater St. Louis, which is currently experiencing 108 times background radiation!! Presumably from the underground landfill fire finally reaching the humongously huge nuclear waste dump there?

    Understand, I have NO published info about where the 2.79 million doses are supposed to go. It just does seem like an odd coincidence.

  • This is good news for Tepco. Everyone knows what bolts are. Imagine huge bolts tightened with a 10 ft long wrench by a 300 pound muscle builder. Sounds strong right? Then imagine a thousand gallons of contaminated nuclear waste, or in TepGov bafflegab "water", sloshing around in those tanks due to an earthquake. That will create stresses that could loosen the bolts as a thousand gallons of liquid moving around beats any strong man tightened bolts. Welding creates a solid steel bond between two plates essentially turning two pieces of metal into one solid piece. But TepGov can't afford skilled welders and danger pay etc. Temps can bolt together anything. So what if the tanks leak? Less nuclear waste to process and instant capacity expansion. Tepco says its checking tanks? There go the two man temp crew, six pack of Asahi drank, empty needles, flashlight in hand ready to deploy sandbags and possibly the Honda generator. What do you mean its out of gas?

  • The lies are so thick. Mr. Enenews, you have a huge treasure trove of proof of lies. The links to the news agency do not work anymore.
    But Enenews has documented this Puzzling Evidence of High Octane Bull$h!t. http://enenews.com/nhk-govt-inspecting-fukushima-safely-remain-state-cold-shutdown-video

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Hey, there's actually a journalist out there who knows how to spell "it's" (it is). What a concept.

  • pkjn

    Fukushima plant leaking 60-billion becquerels of radiation a day
    Updated: SEP 19, 2013 Arirang News
    The radioactive leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to be worsening by the day.
    Kyodo News Agency quotes a senior scientist at Japan's Meteorological Research Institute as saying that about 60-billion becquerels of radioactive materials are flowing into the Pacific Ocean each and every day.
    Meanwhile, Korea's National Assembly Research Service has recommended a blanket ban on all Japanese fisheries products until public confidence is restored.
    http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=151440

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Just read an article at EX-SKF, a link posted by occiferdave. (Miss that occiferdave.)

    Very sobering, indeed. Gives us an idea what we're really dealing with, or were dealing with as early as April 30, 2011.

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/04/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-ishikawa-of-jnti.html

    SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

    #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Ishikawa of JNTI Talks about Reactor Core Conditions
    More on 77-year-old Michio Ishikawa of the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute on the situation at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, as he appeared on Asahi TV on April 29.

    Mr. Ishikawa said way back when TEPCO was just dinking around and doing nothing meaningful. He also said the Japanese government needed to step in, and treat the situation as if it was war. Ishikawa said there was no leadership in place to manage the crisis. (He is known to be basically pro-nuclear, but was a harsh critic of how TEPCO handled events on and after 3/11.)

  • pkjn

    ANALYSIS: Contaminated water flowing into ocean despite Abe's claim
    September 20, 2013 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency's Meteorological Research Institute, estimated that 30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and another 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium continue to leak into the outer ocean every day.
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201309200053

  • Mack Mack

    FDA says food and fish are A-okay.

    "To date, FDA has no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern. This is true for both FDA-regulated food products imported from Japan and U.S. domestic food products, including seafood caught off the coast of the United States. Consequently, FDA is not advising consumers to alter their consumption of specific foods imported from Japan or domestically produced foods, including seafood. If you're unfamiliar with Fukushima, learn more here: http://bit.ly/15FErc1 and here: http://bit.ly/lDJkhj"

    https://www.facebook.com/FDA

    Read the comments, too.

    (Credit to RadChick's FB page where this was posted)

  • or-well

    Yes,
    they're checking their Tanks –
    and APCs,
    their weaponised drones and their RPGs,
    their AK-47s and IEDs,
    their Water Cannons and WMDs,
    so don't come near and protest, please,
    or you'll get much more than hot fuel fleas!
    Oh, wait…
    that's not Tepco, that's the government…

    "That's just silly or-well."
    "Maybe for now, Fingers."

  • markww markww

    TEPCO if your getting hot spots on tanks and buildings and structures use lead paint it stops out flowing radiation

    TEPCO should have done three things to make tanks SAFE

    1. Lead painted the outside of each of the tanks it cuts down most radiation

    2. Double walled the tanks one inside of the other so we can make a shock absorber and stay together

    3. In between each the tank walls added rubber like what silly putty was made of and fill the gap. The rubber would keep the tanks from failing. Its a shock absorber.

    4. But steel bands around the sections of the tanks like they do whiskey casks this is a protective banding that helps stabilize the tank structures from falling apart.

    Markww

  • markww markww

    ONE THING ABOUT RADIATION EXPOSURE

    I WISHED THE USA WOULD NOT HAVE BANNED LEAD PAINTS. The Government said it was to protect the children. They can make safe lead paint today with a plastic mix in it that seals the lead, and if people painted the outside of their homes you stop lots of radiation exposure.Especially on the west and other parts of the USA.

    Markww

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    "Tepco says…" ,hands on your heads…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    5.3 no problem with the tanks?
    I don't believe that..
    Even if none of the tanks began leaking…corrosion being the major issue..(that takes time)…the problem is the sinking and tilting of the tanks do to general subsidence.

    • jec jec

      Heck, they dumped all the water out already…so no problem (sarcasm). Now they have to check out and use superglue to fix tanks for the next storage sessions…Oh wait..duct tape is cheaper…

  • Sol Man

    1,000 tanks? Look at what happened to tanks in CO and they just had flowing water to contend with. At Fukushima, it rains like nowhere else on earth and the ground is shaking. Foresight is missing.

  • rockyourworld

    bush covered up the number of iraqis he murdered. no one can put a number on them. we'll have no problem covering up all the dead japanese people.

  • rockyourworld

    the tanks? i believe theyre props. japan isnt storing that crap in their backyard. who would?

  • jec jec

    Kind of sliding area..80 to 90+ mm a year, so 3 to 4 inches a year or close to 12 inches since 3/11. And not very deep to bedrock. A picture is worth a thousand words..
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/tectonic/images/japan_tsum.pdf

  • rockyourworld

    anyway our govt wouldnt let them store that crap there prone to a tsunami. you cant see what will wash up here unless its floating by in storage tanks. doh!