Highest radiation level seen in 2 years near Fukushima reactor — Surges more than 1,000% over previous day

Published: October 10th, 2013 at 4:09 am ET
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Jiji Press, Oct. 10, 2013: Radioactive cesium levels have surged 13 times in the bay of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station in northeastern Japan [...] Seawater sampled near a water intake of the No. 2 reactor on Wednesday contained 1,200 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium, up from 90 becquerels the previous day, TEPCO said. [...]

Reuters, Oct. 10, 2013: Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday. [...] In the latest incident, a worker on Wednesday mistakenly detached a pipe connected to a treatment system, releasing seven tonnes of highly radioactive water. [...] The pressure from pumping chemicals into the ground pushed some contaminated soil out into the port area, the spokesman said.

Fukushima Daiichi NPS Prompt Report, Oct. 10, 2013: [...] On October 9, we found a significant increase in the measurement results of cesium 134 and 137 sampled inside the silt fence of the water intake for Unit 2 [...] Cesium 134: 370Bq/L; Cesium 137: 830Bq/L [...]Measurement results on October 8: Cesium 134: 26Bq/L; Cesium 137: 64Bq/L [...]It is assumed that the ground improvement work administrated near the water intake for Unit 2 (where high concentration contaminated water leaked two years ago) has some influence on the increase in the measurement results this time. We continue to watch the situation. [...]

See also: AP: Experts fear giant underground reservoir of extremely contaminated water on verge of entering Pacific at Fukushima -- In contact with melted nuclear fuel? A race against the clock -- Nobody knows when this will end

Published: October 10th, 2013 at 4:09 am ET
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22 comments to Highest radiation level seen in 2 years near Fukushima reactor — Surges more than 1,000% over previous day

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    The situation is escalating quickly. Japan might not have much time left. They waited to long to ask for help.


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    • MCBEKRL

      Well put – from your comment I see how the culture of the Japanese has greatly impacted this situation. In stats, we would call this a positive trend, where radiation levels are proving to continue to increase over time.
      When is the cut-off where the levels get so extreme at the site that management is no longer possible? We may be able to predict roughly when this point in time will be as well, since there is data (possibly false, since it is all from TEPCO) for well over two years now.


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      • Wooster

        That's a really imoportant point.

        For all the workers know, the point where it is too radioactive to work safely on the site was probably reached a long time ago, they just weren't told. It certainly isn't going to take too many more incidents at that plant to tip the balance.

        10 seiverts per hour on the broken chimney stack, contaminated groundwater nearing the top of boreholes, workers sprayed with highly contaminated water after someone disconnects a pipe, cooling shut off to reactors for hours after someone switched off a distribution board, the list just goes on and on.

        If the point of no return for the safety of the workers hasn't been reached it surely can't be long.


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        • We Not They Finally

          My brain went into a little Freudian slip on reading your comment, Wooster. Instead of "That's a really important point," I read, "That's a really MOOT point." Guess I think that that "balance" has already been "tipped." I think they've been sending people in there to their deaths (health issues which will show up, even if delayed) for quite some time now already.


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        • MCBEKRL

          It is important – All I need is the data since 311 on rad levels on site and can do a simple Time Series Analysis to get an indication of things to come in the future. does anyone know where to get this info? The more data points the better.


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    • dka

      Japan did ask for help before. The US, France, UK and Canada sent their best Nuclear Technologies sales teams with very expensive experimental projects Japan could buy…
      Congratulation and thanks to our "western world club of great countries" for this up to the task kind offer of so called "Help" to Japan.


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  • CanaryInACoalMine CanaryInACoalMine

    This nightmare will continue to escalate until we're all dead, and then some. Soon they will have no choice other than to evacuate all the workers from the plant. Then what?


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    • rakingmuck

      As hard as it is to face, Canary, the TRUTH is you are right. I try not to think about this every hour of every day but it is always there lurking in the back of my mind. Sometimes something I see or read jars my subconscious and I break down and cry like a baby.


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      • We Not They Finally

        I totally relate to where you are coming from. My husband and I thought that this would be an ELE from the start, but still had to work through layers of denials because it's too big and awful to get one's head around. We haven't hit "The Big Weep" yet, but I expect that we will. But treasure what in life is still beautiful and embrace the ones you love. And let's hope (and for the religious, pray) that this pitiful Earth is not all there is.


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        • Anyone know of a Noahs Ark spaceship parked nearby?

          The warnings have been given..

          Numerous civilizations have fallen in the past, and most ignore the warnings. Only a few seem to be able to listen and heed the warning.

          Is there some reward for those who do pay attention?

          Or is it all meaningless, and useless to even try?


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  • rakingmuck

    Japan is over. The people need to be evacuated. If world leaders cannot do this, they we are all party to genocide on a level humanity has never seen before. I realize the number was smaller after Germany was liberated and the solution was far from perfect. But it was done. It can still be done – if is not too late for the entire of humanity. In which case we will watch the horror that awaits hundreds of millions of us. For me, that would be worse than death.


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  • orsobubu orsobubu

    A big chunk of world gross domestic product should be set aside and invested in a global researching effort to develop robotic machines specifically aimed to secure the nuclear plant, and also to conceive and design nanomachines to decontaminate ground, air and water. But this would be feasible only under a world government, which is an impossibility under a capitalistic production system. IMHO, it is much more likely this tragedy will be one of the triggers for a cascade of social and economic events leading to global revolutions and wars. This will surely originate in Asia, but also inflation, overproduction, unemployment etc in western countries should be considered. I think best place to be are Chile or South Africa, altough conflicts over Antarctica could be worrying.


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  • Dr. Conrad Miller MD – How Radiation Concentrates Up The Food Chain To Human Beings – 10Bq/Kg Unsafe; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/08/dr-conrad-miller-md-how-radiation.html

    Diabetes Caused By Low Level Radiation – 6 In 10 Fukushima Children With Diabetes; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/diabetes-caused-by-low-level-radiation.html


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  • hvypetals

    hey folks if you google earth to area 51 – where they tested all the nuclear bombs in the old days you can still see the craters. you can also see that they have built things in them and there are structures surrounding the craters. the contamination level has to be just as high at these sites if not higher than fukishima. there may indeed be a way to clean up the radiation that hasnt been seen by the public is the point. makes me wonder if this is "just another" eugenics experiment.. like flouride, aspartame, sv40, gmo food etc. we are just lab rats to them. they plan on riding it out and have the know how. we dont.


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  • Sol Man

    A link shared by Anne, as I recall, from perhaps two days ago.
    Even more stunning.
    http://wyynd.tripod.com/Shimatsu.txt


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    • +1

      :(
      "…and god knows how many japanese workers are really dead now…
      there's no way this could have gone one without spectacular numbers of deaths already,…"

      "…heard, there's been rumors of thousands of bodies, .."
      - Yoichi Shimatsu – {interview http://www.rense.com}


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    • So many lies, so much coverup, it is hard to tell if this is new, or if it has been going on since 3/11 and is now coming out, or if it is actually 99 times worse than they admit.

      First they have to come clean as this article suggests.

      Then when the truth is all out there, and everything is known, get the world together and crowd source solutions. Give cash prizes for the best ideas.

      There will have to be LOTS of money spent on this, or forget about it.. Just posing and asking for help, while keeping all of the secrets and controlling it all will not work.

      The article says time is running out. Estimated less than 3 months left.

      Also claims thousands have died or disappeared after working inside plant, and/or at secret underground labs. How will they accept help without going into this as well?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Being on the shoreline adds to the difficulty in this already impossible situation, imo.


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  • weeman

    My question is this directly related to the leak that sprayed the workers?
    What was the actual amount of realeased, you don't think they underestimated amount of realeased or the contamination level of water? Not tepco.


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  • razzz razzz

    TEPCO should say, "We don't know where the melts are, what avenues radioactive contamination takes underground to get to where it is going, how to stop it and on top of all that, we don't know what we are doing."


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  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric radiation levels jumped 13 times the previous day's reading
    October 10, 2013 Russia Today
    Fukushima radiation levels hit 2-year high
    Combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings just outside the damaged No. 2 reactor jumped to 1,200 becquerels per liter on Wednesday, the highest levels recorded since late 2011.
    Regulatory limits for Cesium, which emits powerful gamma radiation and is potentially fatal to humans, is 90 bq/liter for Cesium-137 and 60 bq/liter for Cesium-134.
    http://rt.com/news/fukushima-radiation-japan-nuclear-974/


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  • How much more can they take before no one can work there anymore?


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