Mainichi: Radiation detected in drinking water from underground source — Over 15 miles from Fukushima meltdowns

Published: December 26th, 2011 at 10:02 pm ET


Water underground is contaminated, Fukushima Diary, Dec. 26, 2011:

Ministry of the Environment measured cesium from well water at 4 locations in Minamisoma [25 km north of Fukushima plant]. It was about 1.3~14.7 Bq/kg, it was for drinking. The samples were taken in October and November. […]

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Headline: Fukushima 1st nuclear plant: From well water 4 places of cesium detection south Soma
Date: Dec. 26, 2011

It announced that the environmental ministry on the 26th, inspected the density of the well underwater radioactive cesium of drinking which in emergency evacuation preparation area (in 9 ends of the month cancellation) inside Fukushima prefecture which is set after the Tokyo Electric Power Fukushima 1st nuclear accident is, detected the small quantity at 4 places of south Soma city. Being maximum, water 1 liter (kilometer) to hit and but with 14.7 Becquerel, below provisional regulation value (1 kilo- hit, 200 Becquerel) of the public welfare Ministry of Labor, the new reference level (same 10 Becquerel) which aims April toward of next year enforcement was exceeded at 3 places.

To investigate at 1317 places of the same city and Hirono Cho and Naraha Cho 10, in November, as for the other self-governing community and the like of the same area in the midst of continuation. At 1 places of the same Ku Kitahara as 2 places of south Soma Ichihara Cho Ku Kita Nagano, per 1 liters 11.4~14.7 Becquerel, 1.3 Becquerel were detected with the same Ku 萱 beach. As for detection lower limit value with 5 Becquerel, as for the other well it was non- detection. According to the environmental ministry you say that there is a possibility the earth near the cesium is attached blending. The well with private possession, has informed about the result, almost there is no possibility many people drinking.

Published: December 26th, 2011 at 10:02 pm ET


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22 comments to Mainichi: Radiation detected in drinking water from underground source — Over 15 miles from Fukushima meltdowns

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Oh good, now we’re getting to see what wouldve ( and still could) happened at Chernobyl had they decided to do nothing to contain. X10!

    • lokay5 lokay5

      “…underground wells…”

      Uh huh. As opposed to what OTHER kind of wells….?

    • maaa

      Where does groundwater from? Groundwater comes from rain, snow, sleet, and hail that soaks into the ground. Water in Japan is polluted period. Does not matter if its ground water or not.

  • dosdos dosdos

    This is what I’ve been fearing, the spread of radionuclides through the water table, making that part of Japan a nuclear wasteland, incapable of sustaining healthy human life. It’s not going to get better.

  • arclight arclight

    in my research i came across the a map showing land subsidence near daichi.. putting two and two together i surmised that some of the water to cool daichi and daini might have come from this source.. use of the ground water had to be moderated by industry in different places in japan because the more it was used the more the ground subsidence increased..

    if the water is being boiled away underground by some corium materials, thats probaly not to good for the structure above!

    with contamination efforts in the sorrounding area, even more of the water will be used!! ?

    the plannning japanese governmentepco and the quality of reporting is also another subsidence with a disaster waiting above it to happen too in my opinion!???

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …as the rivers flow… as the tears flow…

  • Anthony Anthony

    How about radiation detected in drinking water 4500 miles from meltdown in my backyard in N. America?

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi Anthony

      I know what you mean. Our world was already contaminated with nuclear power plants, nuclear arsenal, uranium mines, and waste dumps.
      Fukushima disaster just pushed it to another higher level of destruction.

  • arclight arclight

    The Irish Times – Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Enduring the nuclear winter

    “…..More than 100,000 people have been displaced due to radiation around Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Daiichi nuclear plant. Those who stay keep children indoors for much of the day. Others, such as single mother Kanako Nishitaka from Fukushima City, have fled in an attempt to find normality in a different part of the country.

    “My daughter is smaller and closer to the ground, so she absorbed more radiation,” she says. “They found caesium in her body. I was told it was about the same amount as people exposed to nuclear bomb tests. When I told my son we were moving, he cried his eyes out because he didn’t want to leave his friends.”

    Many doubt the immediate area around the plant will ever again be habitable. The Daiichi plant will become an unwanted monument to Japan’s nuclear ambitions for years to come, while the cost of dismantling its reactors and supporting its victims will haunt future governments…..”

    and definately this! i think they know something seafront reactor site owners dont know!!

    “In Sakihama, Iwate Prefecture,fisherman Kenji Nakajima argues with his wife Yuki over whether to build on the same spot or move inland, at greater cost. “We can’t rebuild here,” said Yuki. “In 50 or 60 years the waves will come back. We’ll be dead, but what about our children?””

    David McNeill is Irish Times Tokyo Correspondent

    not a bad article actually!!
    but then the irish sea…….

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Good segment, arclight.

      I sense that the msm are starting to awaken. I don’t know which is more baffling – the 9 months of silence, or the synchronous half-awakening in the last week or so.

      What comes next for the media, I wonder.

  • jec jec

    “The well with private possession, has informed about the result, almost there is no possibility many people drinking.” Just the well owners are at risk? What PUBLIC water sources were tested?

  • These things will continue to spread radiation water, air, sea, globally as they work on a plan to get the coriums from the earth 40 years from now ! eyes roll !

    The whole earth will be saturated with radiation and few will be left standing !

  • More here … Water underground is contaminated

    Dec 26th, 2011

    The Ministry of the Environment measured cesium from well water at 4 locations in Minamisoma. It was about 1.3 ~ 14.7 Bq/kg, it was for drinking. …

  • unspokenhermit

    Most of the radiation is going in the ocean and the ground water now. But a lot was blown out of containment and is circling the earth.

    I recently came across these atmpospheric simulations, produced an American independent organization, that indicate TEPCO vastly under-reported radionuclide emissions from the Fukushima Plant.

    I’ve suspected for some time that the publicly released emissions data had been manipulated – If the models are correct I suppose this re enforces my hunch. Is there anyone here that can help us explain the implications of this model?

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