Xinhua: “Indications are that there is a second leak” at Fukushima, says Japan expert — Fish over 140 km from plant have shown extremely high levels of contamination

Published: September 11th, 2013 at 3:06 pm ET


Title: News Analysis: TEPCO failing to solve Japan’s nuke crisis, but gov’t keeping away on financial concern
Source: Xinhua (official press agency of the People’s Republic of China)
Authors: Liu Tian, Jon Day
Date: Sept. 11, 2013

Recently, the TEPCO admitted that highly toxic water leaked from the plant and into the adjacent Pacific Ocean at a rate around 300 tons per day from makeshift storage tanks on the site. […]

“Indications are that there is a second leak at the Daiichi site and this doesn’t bode well for TEPCO as they were months in concealing the first leak from the public and the international community,” Shoji Tsurumi, an expert from Japan’s Marine Science & Technology Institute told Xinhua.

“The fact of the matter is that these leaks have yet to be contained and radioactive water is mixing with groundwater and spreading freely into the soil,” Tsurumi confirmed, adding that “unfortunately for Japan and the world at large, TEPCO are not known for giving accurate information to regulatory bodies and the public.” […]

“[…] we have the government stating that the situation is not serious and that the levels of radioactive waste that have leaked into the Pacific are negligible. Yet fish caught more than 140 km from Fukushima have showed extremely high levels of contamination with radioactive cesium traceable to the failed nuclear plant,” he added. […]

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Published: September 11th, 2013 at 3:06 pm ET


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12 comments to Xinhua: “Indications are that there is a second leak” at Fukushima, says Japan expert — Fish over 140 km from plant have shown extremely high levels of contamination

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    translation: China will not be a participant in the 2020 games.

    Now watch those dominoes fall.

  • They should be held responsible for crimes against humanity.

  • 140 km = 87 miles

    That's a long way from the Fukushima harbor.

    '' "With over 4 trillion yen (around 40 billion U.S. dollars) in TEPCO bonds outstanding, the Japanese bond market would suffer a negative impact if TEPCO were to default on its payments. We believe the government has an economic incentive to avoid such a scenario," said Standard & Poor's analyst Hiroki Shibata.''
    – from article

    Imagine how many windmills 40 billion dollars could buy.
    Heck, there would no longer be a need for a 'grid', if everybody could own there own windmill.

    A home sized windmill can cost from between 3000 and 30000 dollars. (approximate)

    Assuming the high priced one.
    40 bill divided by 30 thous = 1.3 mill (windmills)

    One really nice feature of a windmill, is when one explodes, it does not damage the DNA of the entire planet. 😉

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Greetings norbu,

      The link is to a story reporting levels found on 3/15/11, up to 3/18/11. This would indicate high airborne levels of contamination reached North America very soon after the first meltdown occurred.

      It's anyone's guess how much radiation has been carried over by oceanic currents, and due to water leakage at Fuku Dai. Plus effects of molten corium(s) coming in contact with ground water, the aquifer there, and the underground river said to exist under the plant. Not to mention the leaking tanks, 300 tons of contaminated water leaking from the plant daily, and whatever other point sources of contamination there may be.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Correction, the article stated there was no reporting after 3/28/11 (not 3/18/11). Hope I got it right this time.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Not fixable, nor containable. The nuclear industry that invented this technology doesn't have an antidote. None.

  • nedlifromvermont

    I still don't understand why they couldn't dig a really really really big drainage system … an over-sized French drain, 150 feet deep, three miles long and intercept all groundwater flow from the up-gradient areas … and pipe it all to the sea, before it gets contaminated … except that may be the secret recipe for corium cooling when it goes ex-vessel, as probably described in the non-existent, super-secret General Electric Owners Manual Section for Emergency Procedures … No?? Like for when reactors lose cooling and melt out …

    So, like, how does the nuclear power fraud with ongoing melt out, NOT render any authority the United States of America would like to wield over countries like Syria, ring hollow, and absurd?? Like, how does Bashar Assad's unlikely use of chemical weapons on a few districts in Damascus even begin to compare with the General Electric designed pollution of the entire Pacific Ocean with radio-active cesium gases and salts??? Am I missing something here, Obewan-kanobi???

    Please explain …

    • or-well

      nedli, they could. Like the massive diversions they dig for rivers when they build dams. Not pretty, but not hi-tech.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Syria is a chess piece and negotiations will be ongoing. We are chasing our own created mess around the entire world and you are paying for it all.. if your a tax payer. Never let a good crisis go to waste..

    The immediate solutions to slow down the radiation contamination have all been presented here and all of them would work at slowing down the radiation contamination bleed into the oceans but they would cost money…its always about the money.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!,_1st_Baron_Acton

  • FXofTruth

    Water is poured on to a melting core at 30,000 gallons per minute – (scientific estimation during an emergency meltdown)
         – 8.3 pounds is the weight of one gallon of water (variations in weight can happen because of elements in the water)
    – 30,000 gallons of water weight 249,000 pounds
         – A short TON, commonly used in the US, is equal to 2000 pounds

    ONE MINUTE – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 124.5 TONS of water. (All based on 30,000 gallons per minute)
    ONE HOUR – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 7,470 TONS of water.
    24 HOURS – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 79,280 TONS of water.
    1 WEEK – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 1,254,960 TONS of water. 
    ONE YEAR – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 65,257,920 TONS of water.
    50 YEARS – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 3,262,896,000 TONS of water.
    100 YEARS – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 6,525,792,000 TONS of water.

    The question is, "How long does core cooling water stay in the melted core's area?"
    At the rate of 30,000 gallons a minute…minutes I would venture to say!
    If the water sat too long it would boil off.
    The above numbers are related to cooling off ONE melted core.
    These numbers will need to be multiplied times 3x melted cores.

    If water is flowing over a single core for ONE YEAR at the rate of 65, 257,920 tons.
    Then, in gallons that equals…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Equals ='s what and how much water is missing now after 2.5 years and equate the amount of water that is missing to a body of water that is similar in size like a lake etc.