Officials report “troubling discovery” at Fukushima nuclear plant: Cesium levels rocket 9,000% over 3 days in groundwater — Tepco “can’t explain it” (VIDEO)

Published: July 9th, 2013 at 7:33 am ET


NHK World, July 9, 2013: “Officials at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant say they’ve made a troubling discovery…” Cesium levels soar in Fukushima plant groundwater […] On Monday, TEPCO recorded 9,000 becquerels of cesium 134 and 18,000 becquerels of cesium 137 per liter of water at a well between the No. 2 reactor building and the sea. Both radioactive substances were up about 90 times from the level logged 3 days ago. […] TEPCO officials say they do not know why cesium levels have risen suddenly, or what effect the spike is having on the nearby ocean. […]

Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said radioactive cesium levels in a well at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 8 were 90 times higher than those measured at the same site just three days earlier. TEPCO said July 9 that cesium levels of 27,000 becquerels per liter, the highest cesium levels found since the onset of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, were detected in water samples a day earlier from a well on the seaward side of the No. 2 reactor building. […] “We do not know why only cesium levels have risen,” a TEPCO official said. […]

AFP: Toxic radioactive substances in groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have rocketed over the past three days, its operator said, admitting it did not know where the leak was coming from. […] “We still don’t know why the level of radiation surged, but we are continuing efforts to avert further expansion of contamination,” a TEPCO spokesman stated. […]

Wall Street Journal: The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant now says it has detected a huge spike in radioactive cesium levels at a series of wells that recently drew attention for elevated levels of the radioactive element tritium. […] the latest spike in radioactive cesium levels raises new questions about where that water is coming from. Cesium tends to bind with dirt, so it’s less likely it would seep distances along with groundwater. […]

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Published: July 9th, 2013 at 7:33 am ET


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30 comments to Officials report “troubling discovery” at Fukushima nuclear plant: Cesium levels rocket 9,000% over 3 days in groundwater — Tepco “can’t explain it” (VIDEO)

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "According to their calculation, about 16.1 trillion becquerels of cesium 137 may have leaked into the sea in the year since June 2011."
    Once again, TEPCO releases the bad news in a drip, drip, drip mode. These destroyed nuclear reactors are going to pop and sputter for thousands of years to come. Changes in the configuration of residual melted fuel remaining in and around the plants will create ongoing criticalities, with changing cooling water and groundwater flows.

    TEPCO points out this or that pop and sputter, but ignores the massive daily total outflow of radionuclides into the Pacific Ocean.

    TEPCO has neither the resources nor the will to do anything about this horrendous situation. They claim there are no technologies that can work in such radiation. They maintain the myth that 219 tons of melted fuel from Units1,2,&3 remain inside the buildings, and are therefore under human control. And they will not admit that Corium1,2,&3 have escaped from the ruined structures, and will remain beyond human control forever. Step aside, TEPCO. Time to call in the Army.

    • We Not They Finally

      PhilipUpNorth, you are giving the larger picture. But the keywords here are probably "coriums" plus "ongoing criticalities." "[Now] beyond human control" is a good one too.

      Now that that's up front, can we PLEASE (not you personally) ban the word "leak"? You said what they SHOULD be saying instead of "leak": "Massive daily outflow."

  • Cisco Cisco

    Former Fukushima Atomic Plant Manager Dies of Cancer"

    Not the radiation, couldn't be, nah!

  • visio

    Where is all the cesium coming from.. after all its all contained and in cold shut down… isnt it? So…….?

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Lori Mochizuki (Fukushima Diary) points out that TEPCO is engaged in a conscious disinformation effort by never reporting the plutonium contamination in groundwater samples taken from Fukushima.
    This is a short article, which every ENEnewser should take a minute to read. Lori's conclusion:
    "Looking as if they were telling everything, they hide the most important facts. Ordinary audience don’t even know what they don’t know. This is a sophisticated way of media blackout."

    Remember that the fatal dose for plutonium is 1/50,000,000 of a gram,
    a dose so small it could easily sneak
    into a sip of water,
    into a breath of air, or
    into a bite of food.

    "A lethal dose of inhaled Plutonium is 50 millionths of a gram. (50 micrograms)
    There are 20,000 Lethal Doses of Plutonium in one gram. (1,000,000 / 50)
    There are 453.59 grams in one pound.
    There are 9,071,800 (9 million) Lethal Doses in one pound. (20,000 x 453.59)
    There are 2,204.6 pounds in one metric ton.
    There are 19,999,690,280 (20 Billion) Lethal Doses in one ton. (9,071,800 x 2204.6)
    Nuclear reactors have produced over 1,200 tons of Plutonium since 1940.
    Nuclear Reactors have produced over 22 trillion Lethal Doses of Plutonium. (19.99B x 1,200tons)"

    Japan is flooded with plutonium. Poor Japan. Poor Planet Earth. Us and all the animals.

    • The most dangerous substance on earth.

      Where there's cesium, tritium etc…

      there is 'most likely',

      P L U T O N I U M . . ! ! !

    • from NHK article – "The same well also showed high levels of beta rays on Friday. The rays would have been emitted from strontium and OTHER radioactive materials."

      OTHER = Guess?

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        There is no way to clean this water up:

        From the Argonne Laboratory and the DOE:

        "It depends on what the radioactive contaminant is, and it depends on how the distillation is carried out. It also depends on your standards for "radiation free.""

        Key into that last part – then this:

        The government plans to dramatically raise acceptable radiation exposure limits!

        “Internal documents obtained by PEER under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last autumn show that, under the updated PAG (Protective Action Guidelines), a single glass of water could give the equivalent of a lifetime’s permissible exposure. According to PEER, the new limits would cause a cancer in as much as every fourth person exposed.”

        Radiated water will never be clean. The higher the levels of radiation to begin with, the higher the levels even after 'removal', and .gov sets the standards – raised several times since Fukushima blew – for what is 'safe'. No radiation is 'safe', especially increased levels of man-made radiation, such as plutonium.

        All water is contaminated, and will the rad level will only go higher.

  • weeman

    Levels do not skyrocket for no reason, something has changed is this related to the discharge of contaminated water, probably not, I would be looking for a new leak from reactor 2, have they increased the volume of water to reactors, has the basement water levels risen,
    Has the recent earthquakes caused further damage to buildings or subsiding of land around plant had a adverse effect, that's a secret don't repeat.
    If we do not get a handle on this our worse nightmare will come to fruition, this is very troubling news.

    • RichardPerry

      They must know the truth is a bought to be revealed, so are now giving the true readings, so will not be seen lying again. They may now stop lying because it looks bad. Maybe a good thing for all if they change?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    The only way this situated is going to be corrected is if it gets swallowed by an active volcano and sealed in lava, it is WELL BEYOND the capabilities of mankind now.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Clearly out of control, spewing radiation like crazy.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    My question is, since this increase of 9,000% in three days, is this what has been happening since 3/11? 2 1/2 years = 304 three day periods x 9,000 = a 2,736,000% rise in radiation levels in the groundwater going into the ocean?

    You can see why TEPCO and .gov have to lie so much. This is far worse than most people could ever cope with.

    Tell 8 billion people that all their grandchildren will be mutated and die from cancer. That all of human life will be gone within 100 years.

    If any one of us were in charge, we might see the need to lie, too. A rapid descent into anarchy isn't a pretty sight. Look at Egypt for a clue. Want that in your town any sooner than necessary? And it is coming.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes…it is coming!

    You can only lie repeatedly for so many generations until one of those generations wakes up to the created Zeitgeist controlling them.

    You can add chemicals to their food and dump fluoride into their water supplies but some of them won't eat/drink this kool-aid and then its over.

    Its only a matter of time now…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    As usual extremely well said..obewanspeaks..yes.. yes..indeed.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..And might I add..that it didn't have to be quite so bad..
    The paranoia of TPTB not so great..had they yielded to the original front..of the parties truly concerned about the welfare of the people.

    The masses might have been able to be spoken to.
    And the future faced with some sort of cohesion and 'humanity'.
    We did not have to descend..into 'beastliness'.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nothing could've been done, nor can be done. The concept of controlling fission has failed, big-time.

  • RADS

    Who pulled the fire alarm?

  • The RSOE summary of this event:
    Tepco says they don't know what's going on, but they're taking steps to fix it!

  • melodiousthunkk

    Tepco discovered the legendary Fountain of Truth?

  • UNLESS TEPCO is removed from this situation, there will be no improvement. In fact, if they stay, the probability is that the situation will get worse exponentially. GET TEPCO OUT!

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    At this point they may as well remove "everyone"

    No organized group of human beings can do anything about it now.
    But then again we all knew that the time would come when this would happen.

    Nobody listened….nobody gave a damn….It was predicted here by a small, very dedicated, intelligent group of humans who actually do give a damn.
    Most of us new the slow burn was coming after reactor 3 tossed its cookies F#@!king Everywhere-
    What is there to save?
    Reactor 1…underground
    SFP…couldnt tell ya
    Reactor 2…???
    SFP….couldnt tell ya
    Reactor 3 Core ejected during criticality
    Reactor 3 SFP…where?
    Reactor 4 …huh?
    SFP….IMHO 1/2 fused rodium (lol) 1/2 intact, It burnt…now underwater.

    Its going to spread ….everywhere
    I will be here…On The Beach
    Were all on the beach now.

    Maybe Monsanto will save us…..I thought they made luggage or something………hrrrmmmmm

  • pure water

    Oh, they have detected! Really?! I would say it blew in their faces:

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Japanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking for Two Years

    "The stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has probably been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for two years, ever since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant, Japan’s chief nuclear regulator said on Wednesday.

    In usually candid comments, Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, also said that neither his staff nor the plant’s operator knew exactly where the leaks were coming from, or how to stop them."


  • Sol Man

    We rest not knowing that tomorrows' peaks
    will be greater than todays.

  • williama

    The only way this located is going to be fixed is if it gets ingested by an efficient volcanic and enclosed in lava, it is WELL BEYOND the abilities of humanity.

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