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
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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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