Radiation level hits record high at Fukushima plant well — Tepco: New leak “has not been confirmed”

Published: November 12th, 2013 at 9:59 am ET
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Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 12, 2013: Record radioactivity level found at Fukushima plant well […] A record high level of 710,000 becquerels of beta-ray sources, such as radioactive strontium, was detected per liter of water in an observation well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. […] TEPCO said a new leak from the tank has not been confirmed. […] TEPCO detected 400,000 becquerels per liter at the same well on Oct. 17. The level once fell but has been rising in recent days.

Jiji Press, Nov. 12, 2013: Radiation Level Hits Record High in Fukushima Well Water […] [Tepco] said Tuesday the highest level of beta ray-emitting radioactive materials such as strontium was detected in water collected Sunday from an observation well […] The level of such substances in the well water stood at 710,000 becquerels per liter, according to TEPCO […] and marked a record high for the fourth straight day. The well is about 15 meters north of the storage tank, from which some 300 tons of radioactive water leaked […]

View Tepco’s translated press release here

Published: November 12th, 2013 at 9:59 am ET
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21 comments to Radiation level hits record high at Fukushima plant well — Tepco: New leak “has not been confirmed”

  • wemadethis wemadethis

    They say the well is north of the tanks but is that upstream or downstream of the ground water flow?

  • ???? ANOTHER record high? It seems like every week or so there is a new record high, this is never gonna stop.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Even though it's north I think the entire facility is downstream as mountains are located behind.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Can you imagine what those poor workers are walking in, (the evaporating soupy mud)? And, you've gotta love those radionuclide proof Tyvec suits and rubber gloves.

    What a localized human tragedy, soon to be a global tragedy.

  • Corium123

    If these radiation measurements are coming from a deep well north of Reactor building #1, the chances are that the missing corium #1 is deep underground and poisoning the groundwater IN ALL DIRECTIONS. In that case, we can expect high radiation levels to continue INDEFINITELY! All wells in the Fukushima prefecture should be tested weekly, with results published for ALL to see!

    • Corium123

      Also, coastline water up and down 100 miles from the Fukushima plant should be measured for radiation on a weekly basis, with results published for ALL to see. This will show the expanding effects of leaked and overflowing (or intentionally released by TEPCO) reactor cooling water (as well as coria [reactors 1-3] contribution) radiation on the Pacific ocean.

    • Corium123

      All tests for radiation around Fukushima should be conducted and published by an INDEPENDENT testing organization, not subject to TEPCO or Japanese Gov't or NRA interference of any kind!

    • Corium123

      It's time for international organizations (UN, etc.) as well as other governments (China, Korea, USA, etc.) to DEMAND that the Japanese Gov't allow independent radiation testing and publication of results within (at least) 100 miles from the Fukushima power plant. (Testing in international waters off the coast of Japan should be done immediately and regularly – by the USA, Canada and Mexico). This is no longer a local and Japanese crisis but a GLOBAL CRISIS!

    • amberlight amberlight

      Hoping for transparency and honest disclosure from Ineptco and their government co-conspirators? You'd have a better chance of seeing Santa Claus coming down your chimney on Christmas Eve…

      • Corium123

        I know it's a tough one – but look what sanctions did to Iran! Actually, I doubt that the US Gov't is really interested in transparency about the Fukushima situation – just like they're not interested in transparency about 911, the USS Liberty attack and the JFK assassination! Must be that "unbreakable treaty" with Israel, the "Israel Lobby" and AIPAC, standing in the way! :O

        • Corium123, thanks for stating the obvious. We all know that the release of information is being controlled. Stop blaming the Zionists.
          Zionism |ˈzīəˌnizəm|
          noun
          a movement for (originally) the reestablishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann

          Take it to the off topic discussion thread and see if anybody is interested in your viewpoint. This thread is for discussing the high radiation detected in a observation well, OK?

  • Corium123

    Here's a report from an objective "Insider" about groundwater contamination in Fukushima:

    http://fukushima-diary.com/

    Radiation from corium 1-3 as a possible source is not mentioned! Why not?

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The washed out cores from the initial introduction of water to the containment have left the building. The isotopes are now clustering together as they stack up in pockets under the ground. The "hydrogen cluster China syndrome" model seems to be an accurate representation of what is causing spikes in radiation. Or they could be just dumping water down the hole. Either one is terrible.

  • Sol Man

    Mountains above
    sea below
    where will it go?
    we know
    we know.

  • Shaker1

    One thing that struck me almost instantly through the explosions and loss of containment was that, if only partially, dilution in dispersal would be an intended part of the 'plan'. While one could understand Japan and Tepco be intially behind the curve on what was being done, especially with the general damage of the tsunami outside of the nuclear proposition, after a month or so the response has been unforgivable. These tanks are a case in point. As soon as they accepted the fact that they were going to sequester water, the downside of bolted tanks is well-known, and something other should have been in the works. Building tanks is not rocket science, and the skill level required is not difficult. The equipment exists, even if they had to 'borrow' it from industry, and a dedicated facility could have been built in close proximity. Hell, just a large concrete pad with a roof for the rain and for material storage would have done. While it may be more than trivial, it's hardly unprecedented and much more complicated processes and product have been developed quickly, such as building ships in WWII. Tanks are just an empty shell with some penetrations. It would have been a good project for first-year engineering students to design such a process.

    Resources dedicated to mitigation of the problems have been intentionally withheld. To think of it as anything but a crime is in itself, criminal. Is there some shortage of shame in the world that it's a precious commodity?

  • The well is close to the leaking storage tanks. The storage tanks store water that has been used and recycled for cooling of the lost coriums. The water gets filtered but presently only filters cesium not strontium 90 a beta emitter. After so many cycles there is too much strontium and others for water to cycle through pumps and then it get stored. So the water in the tanks have high levels of strontium and other isotopes not filtered. Just one aspect of the problem. Add coolant leaking into groundwater, groundwater flowing through melted coriums and leaking in and out of wrecked containment, radiated groundwater leaking into the Pacific since 311, gaseous radiation leaks entering air, the spent fuel on site, spent fuel pool 4, where are the coriums, the highly dense population disallowing a proper evacuation, magnification of radiation in the food chain, don't eat the Pacific fish, organized crime links, failed decontamination efforts and on and on. Include a corrupt news service, censorship, and plutocratic governments
    Then some fool wants to talk about Isreal? Seriously? Take it off topic discussion. See if anyone really has the time for this crap.

    • 富岡_Blue_Heron Blue_Heron

      What's that "law" someone coined, regarding using "the holocaust" in argument to render the arguers position moot. This seems like exactly the same thing to me… Something about conspiracy theories tickles my bs detector every time… Although it seems like there is a conspiracy of "placid" in the MSM. TPTB might be getting kind of nervous. I'm envisioning talking heads with D.C. backdrops streaming from SA…

  • weeman

    Not me, you know the culprits, don't read their posts and don't respond and feed the agenda, plants by enemy to discredit Enenews, old tactic.

  • pkjn

    All β nuclide density of groundwater still increasing beside the tank area / “Where is the contamination source ?”
    Fukushima Diary
    From the sampling data of 11/10/2013, all β nuclide (including Strontium-90) density of groundwater is still increasing at this location.
    The latest reading was 710,000 Bq/L. This is 30% higher than the reading of one day before.
    At this sampling point, all β nuclide density has been increasing for 5 days.
    The source of contamination is not verified.
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/11/all-%CE%B2-nuclide-density-of-groundwater-still-increasing-beside-the-tank-area-where-is-the-contamination-source/
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2013/images/around_h4_13111201-j.pdf

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