Nuclear material in pools at Fukushima schools exceed 100,000 Bq/kg — Level nearly doubled since last year

Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 1:44 pm ET


Title: Radioactive mud in Fukushima school pools tops 100,000 becquerels
Source: Asahi
Date: April 22, 2013

Radioactive cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels per kilogram were measured in mud accumulated at the bottom of swimming pools at two high schools in and around Fukushima city. […]

In March 2012, the CRMS tested mud collected from the pool of the high school in Fukushima. The radioactive cesium level was 65,900 becquerels, according to the results released on April 1 this year.

The prefectural government has measured radioactivity levels of water in the school pool, but not the mud. The latest results for mud from the high school swimming pool in Fukushima showed 104,100 becquerels per kilogram.

[…] test results showed 119,461 becquerels for the high school pool outside the prefectural capital […]

See also: [intlink id=”govt-south-tokyo-12400-becquerelskg-radioactive-cesium-found-next-childrens-swimming-pool-radiation-levels-doubled-recent-5-day-period” type=”post”]Gov’t: South of Tokyo 12,400 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium found next to children’s swimming poo[/intlink]

Published: April 22nd, 2013 at 1:44 pm ET


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21 comments to Nuclear material in pools at Fukushima schools exceed 100,000 Bq/kg — Level nearly doubled since last year

  • norbu norbu

    So…they decided to use high school swimming pools for storage?

  • dka

    just repeating again. Radionuclides could continue to increase in cities like Fukushima because 1- radionuclides follow the low of gravity and tend to fall from high grounds to low grounds in a multitude of ways. Fukushima is in low ground and surrounded by hills. 2- Fukushima corium continues to emitts fumes of fresh radionuclides that continues to built up in the environment. Untils this stops, things are getting worst, not better.

  • We Not They Finally

    ANY becquerels can cause harm. Whatever the adult tolerance is (not that ANY radionuclides are good), for children and for fetuses especially, it's ALL deadly. And 100,000 bq/kg is astronomically over the kill zone for EVERYONE. And there is NO WAY that TEPCO could not know that. This is deliberate mass murder outright. And for what? To save "face"? To save money? That radioactive mud should be poured all over their own faces, and then no amount of their filthy money will save THEM.

  • We Not They Finally

    And OF COURSE the levels are still going up. It's still fissioning! Maybe forever.

  • NukesRunAmuck

    Back when this event first happened, there was an interview with Natalia Manzurova, one of the first cleaners into Chernobyl after the Russian nuclear catastrophe. When asked what advice she might give the Japanese people who live in the area, her suggestion was simple:

    "Run away as quickly as possible. Don't wait. Save yourself and don't rely on the government because the government lies. They don't want you to know the truth because the nuclear industry is so powerful."

    • EX-pose-the-fakes

      Where to run? Its everywhere and massive debris field heading for the west coast. Levels just as high near Australia and 400+ reactors that were built to fail about now(in other accurate words, their planned explosion). If you have room in your spaceship I might know a few places to check out. To know that Fukushima is a preview to 400+ more similar incidents to occur… Im an unintelligent individual and understand this fact clearly. It is rather disappointing that those in the appropriate seats can't even get past the politics let alone the actually doing something real to remedy or even band-aid the situation. But man everyone whose anyone has all the right words but not a damn thing is done, except the take advantage and step on those considered "lesser." Perhaps all this stuff is happening to bring about detachment, one explanation to such over the top extreme's

      • NukesRunAmuck

        EX-pose-the-fakes, I realize there IS NO escaping Fukushima, which is circling the globe as we speak. Millions will die as a direct result of this. Daiichi IS THE WORST man made disaster the world has ever seen. When all is said and done, Chernobyl will look miniscule in comparison.

        The mainstream media reaction to it also is a complete and utter joke. This nuclear disaster is huge and will have a worldwide impact. There should be stories about it in the news every single day. The IAEA says it could cost a 100 billion? What a complete and utter joke. We're looking at Trillions and Trillions of dollars with NO END IN SIGHT.

        The arrogance that assumes that we can permanently destroy parts of the world for future generations is beyond understanding. It truly is a crime against humanity.

      • nedlifromvermont

        But at least they got that scary Chechen dude in the boat … no need to worry about "silly" radiation problems no more (sarc)

    • We Not They Finally

      She's correct. Because the rest of the world got hit by Chernobyl (Europe got pounded!) But there are still way more health horror stories from out of the area. Bad things happen worldwide from such catastrophes, but they do happen more severely and quickly on-site. So the only humane thing is to EVACUATE northern Japan. It is just not economically feasible for MOST of those people. I'm sure that a lot would leave in a heartbeat if they actually could.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Billions of becquerels of deadly radiation is being released everyday (continuously), thanks to nuclear.

  • ftlt

    Just read a great comment on Real Climate – "Ice Hockey" thread..

    "There is no Planet B".. This poster was commenting /questioning the different climate model outcomes for Antarctic ice melt and sea level rise…

    The people of Fukushima are now living the nuclear fact there is no Fukushima B… We all are living this to a lesser degree…

    It is so sad that it was so preventable, it makes one angry

    • NukesRunAmuck

      Right This Minute reported on a program called Mars One, which will send four humans to the red planet in 2023. My guess they will be used as Guinea Pigs to see if the 1% can survive there. Screw the rest of us. They are destroying life on this planet and know it.

  • Thats funny, a quick read of the headlines…I thought they meant used fuel pools,

    not school kids pools!

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      At these growing levels of contamination they will soon be referred to as 'used school pools': USPs.

  • razzz razzz

    Guess you could say the Japanese are swimming in nuclear fallout.


    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Once again, if I may, they are swimming daily in the Sea of Knowledge, emerging completely dry…

  • nedlifromvermont

    so are we all … so are we all …

    peace 'newsers … go get some sleep ….

    we rage against the Beast again, on the 'morrow …

    sleep 'newsers, rest yourselves …

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Since radiation will make our young people strong, we will now be raising the maximum dose from swimming pool mud to 200,000Bq/kg.