Japan Official: ‘State of emergency’ now at Fukushima nuclear plant — ‘High possibility’ barrier is breached

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 6:51 am ET


Title: Fukushima radioactive water likely breached barrier -panel head
Source: Reuters
Author: Antoni Slodkowski
Date: Aug 5, 2013

Radioactive groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant […] is likely seeping into the sea, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, and a workaround planned by [Tepco] will only forestall the growing problem temporarily, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, told Reuters.

“Right now we have a state of emergency,” Kinjo said, saying there is a “rather high possibility” that the radioactive wastewater has breached the barrier and is rising towards the ground’s surface, Kinjo said. […]

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Published: August 5th, 2013 at 6:51 am ET


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30 comments to Japan Official: ‘State of emergency’ now at Fukushima nuclear plant — ‘High possibility’ barrier is breached

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    The Japanese fishermen (and woman) will probably be the ones that save most people from this "Devils Island" catastrophe … load up as many folks as possible and sail to safer locations … might be a long voyage with great risk … staying there is certain death … $$POD$$

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi POD, well, so far the fishermen and -women are doing all they can to get their contaminated fish on everyone's tables….:-(
      Evacuation sounds more like a Greenpeace job – remember Rongelap? It's such a shame.

    • ion jean ion jean

      Fukushima is a synonym for "Emergency"

      Daini must be all better now cause we hear nothing about those meltdowns…

      Let's face it: these turds were given lots of good advice from experts globally that they did not heed.

      They are the same lying criminal scum that infiltrates our own country and should be bankrupted then jailed.

      No trial needed…the whole world witnessed it,

      • LegionNetworkCH

        Should be bankrupted then jailed +1.

        This comment has been sponsored by Central Banks Inc. "Central banks, ruling your life since 1913"

        Be advised that the sarc is a technical error and not intended.

  • ShutItAllDown

    The truth will set you free.

  • lickerface lickerface

    I bet now they finally start releasing "new" ocean radionuclide level readings…

    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, that has sure been the model to date! But now they are getting overtly panicked, finally beginning to acknowledge how bad it really is, even though there will undoubtedly be lies about the specifics ongoing.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Do not miss the real news:
    Here is a high Japanese official declaring a State of Emergency at Fukushima.
    'Bout time!

  • Misitu

    Emergency eh.

    At bleeding last.

    Words fail me.

  • The German

    Lets fasten the seatbelts and Start the next round in the rollercoaster

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Lots of headlines coming through the last few days that are slowly unveiling our future….seems like it won't be long until the site will be unworkable and require some real kamikazes. Thousands of them. I'm sad for the people of the world…my loved ones in particular…I hope I'm wrong.
    Time to start praying.

    • Ourself Ourself

      It would have taken thousands to begin with, had they tried to fix it quickly like the Russians did Chernobyl. It would have sacrificed thousands but would have been worth it. Now, it would take millions of lives in a huge international effort. If this isn't done very very soon, it will be completely too late for anything. After it is too late, and the public realizes it and demands action, then something will be one but it will basically be for show – it will all be completely in vain. I hope I am wrong. I don't think I am.

      • We Not They Finally

        You're not wrong at all. But the Russians acted QUICKLY. Is there even any TIME WINDOW left on what might have been viable options at the start?

    • We Not They Finally

      eatliesndie, it's ALREADY unworkable and has probably ALREADY been kamikaze for some. And yes, there is an acceleration of news coverage in just the past several days. Which may just reflect that finally[!!] there is openly-expressed panic in JAPAN.

      But there may be no point in even there being men WILLING to be "kamikazes" if the coriums are situated so as to be UNCONTAINABLE whatever anyone is willing to do.

      We'd like some genius engineer to step forwards please. All bets are off whether that can even effectively happen by now. But as long as we are human, we need to keep investing hope wherever it might be found.

  • ftlt

    WOW Somebody wanted some face time and came up with an original idea = "I'll call FUFU and emergency… That'll put me front page.. "

    2 and 1/2 years of nothing done about it … And now, there is perhaps nothing to be done… Everyone just walks away…

  • jec jec

    COLD SHUTDOWN?!! Need I say more? (sarcasm).

    • AntonButler

      What cold shutdown,
      there are no reactor(1-3) cores,
      no reactor cooling systems,
      no steel pressure vessels,
      no concrete containment vessels,
      because these are destroyed
      There is no cold shutdown.
      The Fukushima site is OUT OF CONTROL.

  • LegionNetworkCH

    Well, with the barrier of deniability they have built nothing should come out.


  • We Not They Finally

    Again why cant these scumbags in Japan who profess to give a damn about their country… They should use the ceremonial sword…

  • AntonButler

    Japanese head of decommissioning said 40 years is needed,
    for Fukushima. Does anyone believe him?
    Maybe he means 400 YEARS,
    or 40000 years.
    or 40,000, years.
    or more.
    I can not believe the incredible lack of accuracy of Tepco
    Senior Engineer statements.
    I dont think that TEPCO has one single Qualified Engineer at all
    which would explain a lot.

    • We Not They Finally

      Add in panicked, arrogant, outmatched by reality, in denial, desperate to keep their riches… Add in a whole bunch of things.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    The tragic irony of the heroic, gargantuan, high-priced joint EU-Ukraine Novarka Arch, on line to successfully contain Chernobyl unit 4 next year so it can be decommissioned, only to now see their efforts defeated, and lives threatened, by a slow-motion ELE extinction-level-event resulting from the comparative non-responce of Japanese-U.S. nuclear authorities pursuing, at any cost, the financial interests of their corporate patrons

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    Nice succinct… Brain Candy!

  • We Not They Finally

    Yes, yes, yes, the news finally just barely starting to catch up with reality, slowly, slowly, slowly….