Record levels of radioactive material detected at Fukushima — 600,000 Bq/liter in groundwater — Official: May be seeping from reactors into ocean

Published: July 8th, 2013 at 5:20 pm ET
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The Japan Times: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that 600,000 becquerels per liter of tritium has been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. It’s the first time such a high level of tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, has been measured in the plant’s groundwater, Tepco said [...] A Nuclear Regulation Authority official recently said contaminated groundwater from the plant, which is being fed cooling water from outside, may be seeping into the ocean and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited.

AFP: [...] “From test samples on July 5… we detected a record high 600,000 becquerels per litre” of tritium, 10 times higher than the government guideline of 60,000 becquerels per litre, TEPCO said in a statement. [...] Subsoil water usually flows out to sea, meaning [strontium and tritium] could normally make their way into the ocean, possibly affecting marine life and ultimately impacting humans who eat sea creatures. [...]

See also: WSJ: Soaring radioactivity levels on coast of Fukushima plant -- Nuclear material may have leeched from melted fuel cores and into environment

Published: July 8th, 2013 at 5:20 pm ET
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70 comments to Record levels of radioactive material detected at Fukushima — 600,000 Bq/liter in groundwater — Official: May be seeping from reactors into ocean

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    "Official: May be seeping from reactors into ocean"…

    Oh dear… What a calamity, how could this little mishap have possibly happened ?

    Could it be, that TEPCO has [ accidentally / on purpose ] PUMPED that water into the sea…

    NO,NO I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!! Such saintly old gentlemen would NEVER allow or condone such wanton, reckless, and egregious destruction of the waters of the earth… COULD THEY ???


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well put. "….MAY be seeping into the ocean and that the matter must be addressed CAREFULLY because data is LIMITED." The wording itself is nucking futz. Hundreds of tons a day of deliberately dumped water = "may be seeping"? And that calls for a "careful" response?

      Suggestion: No more "leaking" or "seeping" or "may be." Who are they trying to kid over there? People whose children are already ill or dying?

      SO infuriating. Grrrrrr……


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      "Could it be, that TEPCO has [ accidentally / on purpose ] PUMPED that water into the sea…"

      PUMPED, as in what they do with frack wastewater, pump it underground into what TEPCO calls a "borehole", "test well", ..

      They wouldn't do that, would they?


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      • davidh7426 davidh7426

        Sadly, it is a very real possibility…

        Though there is the possibility that…

        The bosses of TEPCO don't really know the full story, and that it's a subordinate desperate to 'save face' in not being able to handle the problem, is actually keeping the full story from them, and is paddling like a duck on steroids trying to cover up this unholy mess and in doing so is responsible for F*****G everybody over.

        But that being said, if I was the boss of TEPCO and I both knew and was responsible for it all, the previous paragraph is the story I'd go with, especially if I realised that I'd become the greatest mass-murderer ever. What's one sacrificial goat, when it'd be my worthless skin on the line.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation flowing into the water that surrounds the island. Good luck.


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  • Sol Man

    Incinerating the contaminated stuff just will increasingly disseminate this devil's brew into the air and water. World is toast.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    It's been leaking steadily for two years. Erosion from the leaks is making the pathway larger so that it can transport more contamination. They just haven't found the exit points in the Pacific yet, because they're not looking for it. TEPCO doesn't want to find it.


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  • KDM KDM

    What Tepco says times ten, minimum.


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  • The tanks, it turns out, were built to hold water for only ONE YEAR, and without any GUARANTEES AT ALL.

    so the SH#T is about to hit the fan.. these tanks are all reaching the end of their lifetimes, or are already DOUBLE their expected life span.

    No wonder there are so MANY leaks..

    Everything is going into the ocean…


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  • The tanks are 'seeping' now

    Leaking starting now and progressively getting worse from here

    Gushing holes with no way to patch them later

    Hang it all up and say goodbye soon after that..

    Good luck with any earthquakes… none of them are built to handle that.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    The truth is, that if there's tritium, there's fission going on.

    There's also a lot of radioactive fishin' going on.

    And here, meet tritiums older sister caesium.

    July 9, 2013, 1:26 PM

    Fukushima Watch: Cesium Levels Also Spiking

    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.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that the radioactive cesium levels were the highest it has recorded in groundwater at the plant, following the March 2011 nuclear accident.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2013/07/09/fukushima-watch-cesium-levels-also-spiking/?mod=wsj_streaming_stream

    Carefull messin' around with caesium, her older brother strontium is around there somewhere…


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Specifically, Tepco found at one well that the level of cesium 134, a radioactive element with a half life of around 2 years commonly associated with nuclear accidents, was 9,000 becquerels per liter on July 8–90 times higher than it was just three days earlier.

      Similarly, the level of cesium 137, another radioactive form of cesium with a half life of 30 years, was 18,000 becquerels per liter, around 85 times higher than three days earlier, and 200 times higher than the safety standard.

      Jebus says, if there ain't no fission goin' on, who let the water out?


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  • Sol Man

    We can rest assured that tomorrows' spikes will be higher than all earlier spikes.


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  • skizexq skizexq

    ok, mr music here, tres tired but stumbled upon a band I like and hadn't heard this one at the start of their career (Huang Chung and then 'Wang Chung') the end of this video, man these guys were my age when I was in audio eng….amazing end, I never saw it, but so many tunes from the past have portence.,,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHB55yOdx8M


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  • Redpill

    As of today, the number of people killed or injured by the Fukushima accident remains zero. Maybe we should be talking about that good news?


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    • Fall out man!

      500,000 workers were involved in the clean up of Chernobyl. There is a very good doco on youtube which interviews both Gorbachev (in charge of the Soviet Union at the time) and the main General in charge of the clean up. The Russian General said of the 500k who went through, at the time of the doco (20 years later) 1/3 were dead, 1/3 were cripples and a 1/3 were able to carry on. A book compiling 500 eastern block research papers on Chernobyl estimated that it had 20 years later killed about 1 million people… and counting.
      The Russians were remarkably frank in their initial revelations to the west as to the damage done, what had happened and how many were likely to die. In fact in that case it was the west that tried to down play the problem. I saw Hans Blix get interviewed, the poster boy from the IAEA back at that time. The guy came across as 100% evil. The IAEA covered the lot up and came out with a bogus story of only a few dead. Years later and I think they still only claim a few thousand dead. Don't expect the estimates on "no on died" at Fukushima to change anytime soon.


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      • Fall out man!

        A similar cover up was played out over 3 mile Island as well. Tragic what was done to the people there and how they were treated (or not treated as the case may be) after the disaster. Lies and cover up from beginning to end. While plant workers were evacuating their own kids from school, a teacher rang the 3 mile Island nuke plant to report that a geiger counter they had in school had suddenly pegged out on its maximum reading. The plant operators said there was nothing to worry about, just stay put. How evil is that.
        Nothing has changed. Nothing. Sadly, they keep lying, and people forget the old lies the told last time, and believe the same lies this time.


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    • mungo mungo

      Former Fukushima Daiichi chief dies of cancer

      The former head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has died of esophageal cancer.

      Masao Yoshida died at a Tokyo hospital on Tuesday.
      He was 58 years old.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Hey Redpill, you keep clutching that one little tiny opinion of yours, after all, it's all you have.
      You absolutely do not know that as fact. You can not proove it.
      Not one person here on this board has professed to know that someone has.
      You do not have a clue as to whether or not someone has.
      Hey, maybe you should give Mr. Yoshida's family a call, with condolences, as to his fine service to the nuclear indistry…


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    • VanneV anne

      5 persons received lethal radiation doses at Fukushima Daiichi

      In correspondence on March 16, 2011, between two NRC staff members, Karl Feintuch states that Japan reported 5 people having received lethal radiation doses (1). Mr. Feintuch is reporting to Robert Pascarelli.
      Karl Feintuch is Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch 3-1, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation , U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2)
      Robert Pascarelli is Chief, Projects Management Branch, Japan Lessons—Learned Project Directorate, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation [NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission, USA] (3)
      This document was received through the Freedom of Information Act and published (4) by Lucas Hixson who is one of the writers at Enformable.com (5)
      (1) http://enformable.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Pascarelli-Robert.png
      (2) http://www.nuclear.com/archive/2010/11/19/ML103220270.pdf
      (3) http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ml1116/ML1203/ML12038A245.pdf
      (4) http://enformable.com/2012/01/march-16th-2011-japan-reports-5-persons-have-received-lethal-radiation-doses/
      (5) http://enformable.com/


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  • mungo mungo

    sorry heart, i didnt see you post


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  • Redpill

    Yes, I've noticed that people don't like it when I point out that nobody has died. Here's a question: If you are really so sure of your sources (dodgy youtube videos?), why don't you try and edit wikipedia and get a real voice?

    Perhaps it's because wikipedia editors only accept real sources. Verified. Verifiable. Documented. Documentable.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Hahahah! You fool.

      Wikipedia! hahahaha!

      You didn't even look at the video.

      Genesis

      Phil Collins

      Man on the Corner

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htTTr

      lol, thanks for showing us your hubris…


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    • We Not They Finally

      Redpill the only thing that has surely died is your brain functions….Denial is one thing mass death and destruction is another.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Redpill, I haven't a clue whether you are ignorant, heartless, or have some agenda. But radiation causes MANY horrible illnesses — radionuclides selectively attack different parts of the body. Plutonium oftentimes winds up with lung cancer from a "hot particle" lodged in the lungs, Strontium goes to the bones. Cesium goes to the heart muscle.

      In May 2012,60% OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWELVE in Fukushima prefecture tested positive for DIABETES. By now it is undoubtedly WORSE, since apparently that is caused by strontium-90 decaying in the body into yytrium-90 which wrecks the pancreas, and just recently TEPCO themselves released data that strontium-90 was up 10,000%!!!!

      So let's just say that whether or not you are ignorant or have an agenda, yes, you are heartless!!! And no one (I trust — or very few)on this website is convinced, much less amused, so maybe it would be more productive for you to post on websites of people who do NOT care. You're pretty offensive.


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  • Redpill

    As for Masao Yoshida, well it's very sad that he died, but no one outside the loony circles is suggesting his esophagal cancer was linked to the Fukushima accident. People, sadly, get cancer all the time. 25-30 percent of people die from it.

    If he hadn't got cancer, would that be proof that Fukushima radiation is harmless? No, of course not. What matters is statistics, large-scale studies. Not one individual.

    The projections have been run by the WHO and UNSCEAR. And the results are very clear. Any health effects from Fuksushima will be so small as to be undetectable. In fact, if you live in a big city such as Tokyo (or London, or New York or whereever) you are better off if you move TO Fukushima, simply because you will be away from the air pollution of big cities.

    This air pollution has a measurable and significant effect on your health, that is not debated and is actually observable. I urge everybody to think about that: you are better off in Fukushima prefecture than where you probably are now.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      No YOU, are better of in Fukushima! Smile baby…


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    • hbjon hbjon

      If one can know the magnitude of the ongoing catastrophy in Fukushima, then one would realize the level of truth and wisdom in the above post. Can it be that some people have a conflict of interest in reporting the facts about cancer? Can it be that the nature of cancer is really much different than what we read it is. The human body always make a valiant effort to reconstruct back to optimum after suffering damages. This valiant effort happens at the cellular level. This process draws nutrients and building blocks from the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous and cardiovascular systems within your physiology. A major hinderance to healing are having tumors and masses grow in areas that prevent the flow of blood to damaged tissues or lacking the proper nutrients alltogether. If damages occur faster than reconstruction, cancer forms. Remember, part of healing is also the removal of damaged or non-self materials from the body. Waste removal must not be hindered. If 1 pound of plutonium can cause fatal cancers in every living creature on earth if evenly distributed, there are other materials that are more toxic there as well. There are substances with fairly long halflives that decay into plutonium. Well, let's continue to give people information that they can use and put into their proper spheres of understanding. Maybe some day we will gain knowledge and wisdom. hbjon


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      • We Not They Finally

        Nice lesson in medicine. But do you ALSO know nothing about how radiation affects DNA and causes abnormal cells to multiply? Redpill and the lines of WHO and UNSCEAR gets exasperating enough, but getting clinical about some side track actually competes with that. Not helping the public discourse.


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      esophageal cancer

      iodine AND cesium concentrate in the thyroid, in the neck

      Yoshida being at Ground Zero Literal must have gotten a massive dose of Iodine .. hot off the press!


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    • VanneV anne

      Does esophageal cancer happen with the cesium and iodine released by nuclear reactors?


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    • VanneV anne

      Interesting that you are saying that large scale statistics are called for. Why is the nuclear industry pushing hormesis based on the tiny population of 1800 inhabitants in the high radiation area of Ramsar? This population is next door to the experimental nuclear reactor in Ramsar, where the women get breast cancer 10 years earlier than in the West, and who have many aberrant and unstable chromosomes. Natural radiation doesn't include nuclear radioactive pollution from a nuclear reactor or from uranium mining. Are these poor people just guinea pigs for the nuclear propaganda machine? And their cancer rates are still much higher than in the West, including gastric cancer and esophageal cancer.


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  • We Not They Finally

    So Russia wants floating nuclear reactors?? Do the Russians want to out do the Japaneese? Are the Russians just as insane as the Japaneese?With a little luck this mess will be translated into the "New Book" Proof of Hell….


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Redpill must not know how to research any given topics and/or has a reading comprehension problem.

    All links are provided consistently by the enenewsers and he offers up nothing/proof in return?

    Japan has censored all information coming out of Fukushima since July 2011.

    WE humans would have no clue what was going on over there if it was not for this site.

    We are now running verifiable death/cancer mills through our medical establishments worldwide and it will get worse in the future.


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    • VanneV anne

      Redpill just regurgitates the propaganda of the nucleocrats. They have been relying on advertizing for decades which has no scientific claim to the truth. So there are no citations or links possible.


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      "Redpill must not know how to research any given topics and/or has a reading comprehension problem.
      All links are provided consistently by the enenewsers and he offers up nothing/proof in return?"

      Your comment is more incisive than it may appear. Take the recent one, Teddi the bear. Look how much forethought went into his avatar. It really is appropriate for his role.

      Teddi told us Lac-Mega is on us "eco-freaks". Read, the Conservatives are really angry, Koch wants his goddamn pipeline and to Hell with Warren Buffett!!! .. AND his inside connections!!!

      :)


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I can only think he/she must be a child of about 9 or 10 years old.

    Only a child would stomp their feet and insist they are right and that everyone here is wrong!

    All the millions of dead people and/or now dying from cancer in all forms and that are currently taking painful chemotherapy treatments……..are wrong too.

    None of these people have cancer and its simply all in their heads?

    Must be a child!


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    MONEY…THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!


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  • Redpill

    Well, mention the loony circles and Anne obliges! How about some sources that are not peoples' opinions or crazy youtube videos? Paul Zimmerman – well, just telling lies again and again can hardly be convincing.

    How about this challenge for the second time: if sources about Fuksuhima-related fatalities are so verifiable, why don't we see casualties listed on the wikipedia page?

    I have an answer: It has to be a conspiracy! By the IAEA and WHO and GMO-mutated reptilian aliens using HAARP to modify our brainwaves.

    Can people not see how crazy this is?


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  • Redpill

    This is a quote from the talk page of the wikipedia article:

    "Readers want to know how many people died as a result of not the earthquake or tsunami, but as a result of the nuclear meltdown radiation per se. If you use the table of contents you can't find this information easily. Just if you hit "casualties" it jumps you to the fact that a couple of workers who were directly right there have died. That can't be all! If we don't or can't know, please say so and explain, and please make it easier to find. I don't need all this information, I just want to know how many people died because of all of these meltdowns, and how many were emergency workers who went right into it to try and fix the problem and how many were citizens who lived downwind or in the surrounding area. We know that the earthquake and tsunami killed tons of people, but as this reads it seems like nuclear meltdowns are only dangerous to you if you're a first responder or some such who jumps right into it with a fire hose or some such. Great heroes, don't get me wrong, but nuclear meltdowns are supposed to kill everyone in the surrounding area pretty quickly and then many many others over the course of time who were farther away and this article leaves one with the impression that if there's an earthquake/tsunami big enough to cause a meltdown, the meltdown is the least of your problems"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster/Archive_10#Readers_want_to_know


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    • Trawling4Trolls

      "the meltdown is the least of your problems", quite possibly true, and the gist is that the subsequent coverup is the greatest.

      This is entertaining,
      "a conspiracy! By the IAEA and WHO and GMO-mutated reptilian aliens using HAARP to modify our brainwaves."

      That should read "GMO-mutated reptilian Radiation Religion aliens .."

      lol

      Yes, quite and perhaps, all this talk by holo about hydrogen sulfide is a reference to GMO-induced Celiac Disease amongst .. of course, "GMO-mutated reptilian Radiation Religion aliens .."

      Total elucidation has been achieved.


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  • Redpill

    That kind of comment is very illuminating. It reveals how little people knew (and know) about how little damage Fukushima produced. The clash between that ignorant man's view of radiation and the reality tells you all you need to know about the 'crisis' at Fukushima.

    The meltdowns ARE the least of your problems.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      So, how long did it take you to post that on Wiki?
      Referencing Wiki is no better than someones opinion.
      Where's your reference that the radiation has caused no damage.
      Mr. Yoshida's family would probably dissagree with you.
      Swallow the pill boy, you don't know jack…


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    • Fukushima IS continuously PRODUCING radioactive contamination into the atmosphere and sea on a daily basis. (with no end in sight)

      ___

      "How is TRUTH to gain ascendancy when blocked by this institutionalized matrix of deceit?"

      "What agency can possibly take the lead to accurately document the full scope of the disaster, identify its victims and those at risk, and publish trustworthy public health information?"

      "The history of radiation accidents testifies that governments routinely betray their citizens in deference to their nuclear weapons program and the nuclear industry."

      - P. Zimmerman
      (credit anne for the link above)
      ___

      No wonder Redpill talks 'smack' about this guy.

      IMO – We won't really know the number of hero 'Liquidators' in Japan who have sacrificed (are sacrificing) their lives for years to come and we will never truly know the overall affect on death rates (not just cancer) that this insidious historic GLOBAL CRISIS has had.

      We do, for a fact, know that these DNA destroying machines will continue to cause suffering for generations to come and persist in contaminating the planet for thousands of years after that.


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  • or-well

    Redpill doesn't care about Truth.
    Redpill cares about Belief.
    What conforms to Redpill's view
    is all that Redpill really needs.
    Redpill is not unlike a High Priest
    dispensing the gospel Nuclear needs
    for mass acceptance of Nuclear's creed.
    What Redpill wants all to receive
    is by what of responsibility
    the nuclear industry is relieved.
    Whether this is because of personal need
    or a job function remains to be seen.

    Don't bother talking to me 'pill, because in my opinion,
    the "good news" is that you are not immune to radiation's effects, whatever you choose to believe or promote.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Japan is living inside a controlled police state…good luck.. finding out anything about listed deaths.


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