(UPDATED) Radiation in Fukushima groundwater skyrockets 3,500+ times over weekend — Just 5 meters from Pacific Ocean — Nothing being done to stop it flowing into sea (PHOTO)

Published: December 17th, 2013 at 8:05 am ET


UPDATE: Measurement Error Causes High Radiation Reading: TEPCO


Tepco, Dec. 17, 2013: As a result of the measurement, it was found that the gross-β density in the groundwater observation hole No.0-3-2 obtained at the east of the Units 1-4 Turbine Buildings on December 16 [was] 63,000Bq/L […]

Jiji Press, Dec. 17, 2013: Highest Ever Radiation Detected in Fukushima Plant Well […] Some 63,000 becquerels of radioactive materials that emit beta rays, such as strontium-90, per liter have been found in groundwater […] the highest level at the well [Tepco] said Tuesday […] sample [was] taken on Monday from the observation well 5 meters from the coast […] Since the company is not takings steps to prevent tainted water in the well from flowing into the sea […] the water is likely to be reaching the plant’s bay. […] standards require strontium-90 levels to be less than 10 becquerels in water to be released into the sea. […]

Dec. 13, 2013 Sampling: Gross β @ Below detection limit of 18 Bq/L

Published: December 17th, 2013 at 8:05 am ET


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67 comments to (UPDATED) Radiation in Fukushima groundwater skyrockets 3,500+ times over weekend — Just 5 meters from Pacific Ocean — Nothing being done to stop it flowing into sea (PHOTO)

  • Cisco Cisco

    Hey you small investors, buy TEPCO bonds so the big banks can swiftly unload their positions. Get 'em while they're hot, literally.

    "Nomura Holdings Inc. is urging investors buy Tokyo Electric Power Co. bonds after a report that Japan’s government plans to cap the utility’s clean-up costs from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant."

    “Keep buying Tepco bonds and the faster the better,” said Toshihiro Uomoto, the chief credit strategist in Tokyo at Nomura, Japan’s biggest brokerage. “It is a big, big change” if a cap is placed, he said.


    • KerriCarter


    • We Not They Finally

      If there is anything in the whole entire world that should NOT be capped, it's "TEPCO's clean-up costs."

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      Hey, the stock is probably a good deal. Before long the only part of TEPCO still connected to the plant will be a split-off subsidiary that only exists on paper and has no assets other than a few hundred thousand tons of glowing water. TEPCO itself will be fine and just like last quarter, continue to turn a profit. Especially once all those other plants get revved back up to full production…

      • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

        Just read that the Japanese gov't is going to give TEPCO buckets of cash, taken from "future" profits. And if that money disappears and that part of TEPCO goes under, well…

        • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

          Sorry, more accurately:

          "The government plans to reduce the financial burden of Tokyo Electric Power Co. by allocating gains from future sales of TEPCO shares for cleaning up Fukushima nuclear disaster areas, sources said."

          found the article in my browser's history:

          As I understand it, the gov't is allocating gains of TEPCO stock they own under the assumption that they'll do well some time in the future. Which sorta begs the question, "How will TEPCO afford to perform a full cleanup *and* provide a healthy profit to it's shareholders".

          Because, hey, why should TEPCO or it's investors (remember, investing is supposed to carry some risk, right?) have to shoulder any of the pain?

  • Ontological Ontological

    "Listen up class, it looks like Nuclear Boy's diaper fell off, and now there is bad stinky poo and powerful smelly pee all over the place just like Chernobyl Boy. Too bad there was only one single diaper, and three Nuclear Boy bottoms to wipe. Smiles everyone, smiles.".


  • Alpha1

    It is time to put them all in prison for breaking the treaty and place the government on watch as this is an act of war!!!!

  • ruppert

    Japan and the U.S. both know that if the Japanese economy goes bust and they dump whatever holdings they have then we go bust.

    It's one of the main reasons we aren't being more aggressive about their inaction and they know it.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      That's how I see it. The Ponzi of the global credit system will lose it's first domino. The PTB are freaking terrified, and really we should be too. I hold a mortgage and therefore am in no position to feel safe from those whirlwinds.

      What was the first domino in the 1930s crash again Belgium? Bulgaria? Too lazy to google. All I know is if you were in the know with how the system worked, you saw it coming. With technology, this will go much faster.

  • Lady M

    Sigh, ruppert, agree. The economic negatives associated with getting Fukushima under control continue to outweigh the economic positives, so nothing significant is getting done. Hmmm, what is the $$$ value of the northern hemisphere? Maybe there is some way to call their bluff.

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      The *only* way to call their bluff is for the public to make it a public issue. The media isn't going to cooperate, or they already would have done so. The government isn't going to cooperate, or they already would have. And I fear people won't become aware until 1 in 4 is showing negative health effects. By then, of course, no direct connection will be shown and everyone will be acclimated to the slowly released news.

      Now is the window for people, regular people, in both (all?) cultures to start speaking up and speaking out. It may be our only chance. Our governments are not going to do anything until we, their citizens, force them to do something.

      • rakingmuck

        Look on the brights side. As Fukushima definitely now fits the description of "existential risk" then its plausible we are living in a "simulation" that will most certainly be shut down very soon having proved we are most certainly an inferior species and not worth being observed anymore. It ends the same way – but saves the suffering, which I why I am rooting for it. We blew it. Why make us suffer more? Any superior species would see little point to it. Of course a key tenant existential risk is a superior species might be built on flawed logic resulting in curiosity about see a perpetual "hell on earth". That would be a drag.

        • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

          Nice idea for a story along the lines of Sagan's Contact: the intrinsic 'planting' of the eventual creation of natural radioactive isotopes as a result of the initial structure of the Universe. Just one of many tests of suitability for any species that might evolve.

          It's looking like we failed, by the way. 🙁

  • Let the economy go bust. Allowing this poison to be released while financing an Olympics is criminal. Economic terrorists backing nuclear extremists.

    • Go Flying

      Agree, Tepco and the JP govt are criminal Eco-Terrorists.

      Meanwhile, the US continues to be fully complicit given its' fear to act because of its' financial indebtedness per US bonds held by JP.

      If the Olympics happen in Tokyo, (which I very much doubt), it will be the biggest failure the IOC will ever have known. However, the planet cannot wait until 2020 to come to its senses.

      Boycott Japan, and ALL Japanese products and interests NOW!
      Boycott those entities doing business with Japan NOW!
      Boycott those banks and pension funds bankrolling Tepco NOW!

      • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

        All they have to do is house the olympics in covered, filtered venues. Or not. And not show any protesters, of course. The Olympics are entertainment put on by corporations for a profit, nothing more. As such they'll make a wonderful propaganda tool and show whatever the government(s) and corporate leaders want them to show.

    • rakingmuck

      It is going to anyway. That you can "take to the bank". Every economist worth his/her salt all agree by the end of 1st quarter 2014 we will go bust. In fact for all here there is a false flag scenario most people in high places on Wall Street absolutely believe. There will be a proclaimed "computer virus" that will require banks to shut down for 72 hours. During that time, unless your money is in a credit union, it will disappear. I know a couple of people who run significant hedge funds that believe this. Just saying.

  • Lady M

    There is no way on earth those Olympics are going to be able to be held in Japan, by that time. I still think that awarding the Olympics to Japan might, just might, have been a very clever attempt to force the Fukushima issue. Japan needs to get it under control or be exposed. Even if an Olympics is able to be fielded in Japan by then, there is no way athletes from outside of Japan will go. Athletes are very attuned to health issues; the potential competitors who are currently old enough to be aware, and the parents of the ones who are not old enough, are certainly watching the situation very closely even now. So awarding the Olympics to Japan, while it looks like a show of support for that nation, was potentially actually an ultimatum. Doesn't seem to be working, but I still think it may have had, and still might have, a chance.

    • We Not They Finally

      Thanks for your optimism, but I honestly think that the Olympics Committee was just bought-and-paid-for idiots. They believed Shinzo Abe's lies. After all, his speech sounded upbeat. Idiots.

    • Foggyworld

      The IOC ought to be in London right now to see if enough of what they put in place for the last Olympics could be resurrected in time.

      No sane athlete would go to Japan.

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Before flying to the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo in Oct. 2011, the American athletes announced their intention to take their own food and avoid eating anything Japanese, and were summarily threatened with disqualification: the fascist forces, which include statist departments of education, were well in control just months after 3-11.

        But this time I am sure the athletes will be the ones doing the disqualifying.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Google news search…"Fukushima" returns this article top of the page

    "USS Ronald Reagan sailors report cancers after Fukushima rescue mission"


  • Nick

    SNAFU becomes FUBAR

    I thought TEPCO was praised by international nuclearats for their decommissioning efforts?

    Now it turns out, Japan lacks even the basic skills to DEAL with Fukushima.

    Think about it. The plant went kaboom. Fuel pools sizzled and spat. And water was thrown onto
    and into any orifice they could find. Same water leaks back out and has to be stored in an ever expanding tank farm.

    Plans for the complex are gone, washed away/radiated away , and senior engineers have to rely on memory to piece together a schematic of the plumbing/wiring/computer controls/etc.

    All we get is a PLAN to deal with any of it.

    We need a committee to determine how SNAFU became FUBAR.

    Next item on agenda, logo for the 2010 Olympics (I'm thinking of a nuclear themed interlocking ring
    with a grim-reaper fishing for the five rings)

  • Nick

    2020 Olympics

  • weeman

    Sorry but I am not going to accept nothing can be done, there is plenty to do and many avenues to explore, it all comes down to what you can do with the money available, not enough I don't think all gold in fort Knox could stop this but it would go a long way.
    Japan get your priorities in order, bbc reporting that Japan is going to be buy lots of military hardware to protect the disputed islands with Korea and china.
    If you ask me they are expanding there armies to invade smaller countries as Japan is about to be abandoned.

    • We Not They Finally

      I believe that after WWII, both Germany and Japan were prevented from any military build-ups at all permanently. Germany got the memo. Apparently, Japan is hopeless, but who enforces international law? And Shinzo Abe is from a notoriously war hawk family. His grandfather was a notorious war criminal. See Yoichi Shimatsu on that.

      • Foggyworld

        Japan has advanced models of the F-18 and if they don't already carry nuclear arms, they could quickly become an added feature.

        • weeman

          Just because a nation has a no nuke policy does not mean they do not possess nuclear arms, in my opinion you do not have nuclear reactors in your country if you do not want to enrich uranium etc, why a nuclear reactor is not economically feasible from cradle to grave and beyound with waste.
          These countries all have ballistic missiles that have conventional explosives installed, but overnight they can convert them to nuclear weapons, by retrieving warhead from nuclear plants?
          And that is the fact.

  • CaptD CaptD

    The Fuky Effect: The On-Again, Off-Again fissioning at Fukushima!

    Japanese DENY reality AGAIN AKA bogus Measurements

  • CaptD CaptD

    Note most estimates about Fukushima are dependent upon TEPCO data and since TEPCO has a LONG track record of "twisting" the facts to suit their needs, everything we know about Fukushima is very likely to be "orders of magnitude" worse! – CaptD

    Until independent experts are allowed access to Fukushima site (which includes the waters off Fukushima), we cannot rely on anything we are told by either TEPCO or their Japanese regulators! It is important to remember that the largest shareholders of TEPCO are now the Japanese people since their Government has bailed out TEPCO; so in reality the Japanese Government is now running TEPCO, which calls into question exactly who is running Japan!

    • We Not They Finally

      "Who is running Japan?" Check out Yoichi Shimatsu on Shinzo Abe. Abe was P.M. before. He was the one who brought then-illegal MOX fuel into Japan with the Cheney cabal. Abe is from a notoriously war hawk family going back to his war criminal grandfather.

      It's sort of like (though no analogy is perfect) the Bushes going back to grandfather Prescott Bush, convicted under the Trading with the Enemies Act in 1942 for funding Hitler's war machine. But instead of being jailed as a traitor, there was just a fine and he went on to become Senator from Connecticut!

      The more things change, the more they stay the same…

      It may not be that far off base to say that "the likes of" Dick Cheney (if not him personally) is "running Japan." But Bush Sr. put Cheney in there — same interests. The Bush family here, the Abe family there, those are the "people" (or whatever they are) who have gained ascendancy in our modern world.

      Obama is a deceiver, but just a puppet. We can throw stones at him, but that will not even make a dent in the cabals running the world.

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      If things were on the up-and-up, we (the USA) would have ships just offshore, planes & satellites overhead and the like. You know, just like the ones that have been monitoring Korea 24/7 in case they attain enough radium to make a watch face glow.

      In other words, I think we (the USA) have our own monitoring and it's probably fairly accurate. That mention yesterday of the fly-over gathering of readings the week of the meltdown proves it.
      "We" (the little people who vote) just aren't privy to the information gathered.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Anyone remember this famous quote from 3/11/11 ?
    or this one:

    We should have shared the finding w/the public
    in belief it would help promote universal safety
    but failed to do so
    ~Anegawa TEPCO

    • We Not They Finally

      That's all supposed to be past tense? What about the present tense of massive health epidemics? How many will die before there will be some lame, self-exculpatory "we should have…"?

  • CaptD CaptD

    What is left out of this article is that this (and all future) Earthquakes could have been of ANY size and therefore Japan (and the rest of the Planet) is just LUCKY that it was not big enough to destroy what is left of Fukushima’s nuclear power plants, turning all of it into a giant nuclear accident the size of which would threaten the Planet! FACT: A once in a hundred year or even a thousand year event is just as likely to happen tomorrow as many years in the future; then what? This is where the NRC and the nuclear Industry fails the public trust because they live in Nuclear Denial* because they believe nothing BAD will happen to any Nuclear Power Plants (NPP’s).

    Example: French Nuclear Disaster Scenario Was So Bad The Government Kept It Secret



    Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are, we’re incessantly told, very rare, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur, they get costly. So costly that the French government, when it came up with cost estimates for an accident in France, kept them secret. But now the report was leaked to the French magazine, Le Journal de Dimanche. Turns out, the upper end of the cost spectrum of an accident at the nuclear power plant at Dampierre, in the Department of Loiret in north-central France, amounted to over three times the country’s GDP.

    * http://is

    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      Two planet-level contaminating accidents in one lifetime is two too many. Take the record keeping back to WWII (still within one lifetime) and see how many people have accidentally been gifted with an early death due to uncontainable man-made radiation and the only conclusion is that the pushing of "safe" nuclear power for any use has been a criminal lie of species-level proportions.

      From an old television sci-fi show:

      "No, no, no, no, you don't understand the scope of my crime. I didn't kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand. I killed them all. All Husnock, everywhere."

      "We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime."

      As a species, as a loose bundling of disparate cultures, we likewise have no law to fit the crimes that have been committed against humanity continuously for the last 68 years.

  • We Not They Finally

    10 becquerels limit morphs into 63,000 becquerels. I mean, why are people so upset? [sarc]

  • Nick

    SNAFU= situation normal all fucked up

    FUBAR= F'd up beyond all recognition.

    TEPCO= Totally Epic Population Control Organ

  • Boycott Japan. I like that. You know me, I say boycott the whole economy. Buy used, buy underground economy. Whatever, however. The economy is a man made game for the wealthy. USA has way more land, agriculture, natural resources. Why should Japan be important to North Americas economy? More evidence that those in charge are a bunch of inept fools cheerleading for the banks. Nuclear energy bankrupts Japan. They won't print that, will they?

    Pirate Bay moves to Peru http://rt.com/news/pirate-bay-peru-domain-325/

    http://thepiratebay.pe/ They persecute Pirate Bay while allowing the Pacific get fried. Go figure. Mixed up priorities.

    • We Not They Finally

      I get what you are saying. But people especially in cities and/or on coastlines can't just "go elsewhere" for the goods they need to sustain life.

      On the other hand, our future world (if we have one) may be way more local community based. Because that may be the only way to survive.

  • Allowing the Pacific to get fried.

  • tsfw tsfw

    Down by the Tepco bay
    where the watermelons won't grow
    back to my home
    I shall never go

  • name999 name999

    Nuclear boy can't control his poop…not surprised to see Dick Cheney has a dark side leading role in all this. And you know that whatever he has his poopy diaper in is a top secret poopy diaper.

    Lets get our minds off all this and go down to the FUBAR for our anti-diarrhea smoothie, yummy!

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    Thought on the tank farm fiasco:
    I've seen what hard radiation does to plastic tubing containing pressurized water over relatively short (months) time scales. The tubing becomes brittle, discolored, and develops pinhole leaks spraying little geysers. Piping replacement was routine maintenance on the linear accelerators I worked on. The tank farm must be a bloody nightmare. It ain't pressurized with distilled water for sure.

    I can imagine Tepco's response: wait for the new, multirotor drones and patrol the farms, with the duct tape brigade dispatched to deal with leaks.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Maybe this is why, and part of the reasons we have been seeing a huge uptick in radiation measurements all over the USA.

    There can be no doubt what so ever that this contamination is growing in a rapid quickening way. It will become exponential in the speed of the china syndromes that are happening not only at fukushima, but in other places also.