Reuters: “International alarm” — Fukushima radiation leaks spike to record levels — “Too little, too late” for Japan gov’t

Published: September 4th, 2013 at 3:11 am ET


Title: Record radiation readings near Fukushima contaminated water tanks
Source: Reuters
Authors: Aaron Sheldrick and Mari Saito (Editing by Paul Tait and Ian Geoghegan)
Date: Sept. 4, 2013

Record radiation readings near Fukushima contaminated water tanks

Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked [...]

The rising radiation levels and leaks at the plant have prompted international alarm [...]

Readings just above the ground near a set of tanks at the plant showed radiation as high as 2,200 millisieverts (mSv), the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said on Wednesday [...]

“The government has finally said they will be involved in this problem but they are still not going to be fully involved in the decommission,” [Hiroaki Koide, Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute] said. “It is too little, too late.” [...]

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Published: September 4th, 2013 at 3:11 am ET


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26 comments to Reuters: “International alarm” — Fukushima radiation leaks spike to record levels — “Too little, too late” for Japan gov’t

  • mopar69 mopar69

    Where/what is the source of the high readings? Not from the water in the tanks, partially treated waste water does not 'spike'. The waste water is treated with Ion Specific Media (ISM) which removes almost all traces of Cesium, the source for strong beta radiation. Alpha radiation cannot penetrate the tanks walls of piping. So, I suspect the source to be the groundwater. Any theories?

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  • mopar69 mopar69

    They only list the readings from (I assume)Geiger counters. Without gamma spectroscopy, which isotopes are present is not readily, if at all, discernible. Strontium-90 is also a high beta emitter but should not be present in large amounts in the treated water. I am shocked at the lack of precision measuring taking place, or if it is, we are not allowed to see the results.

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    • ion jean ion jean

      Why say it in millisieverts??? Just come out and say:

      Over 2 Sieverts (Lethal Dose)

      Obfuscations abound!

      According to Dr. Chris Busby, water in tanks do not have gamma shielding, therefore this huge a rise can ONLY come from some fissioning/criticality and if its close to the tanks, I'm thinking they dumped some chunks of MOX in some of those water tanks along with the waste water and it has now distilled into a little pool of Plutonium gone critical…blue light, skyshine.

      While not inconveniencing the citizenry of Japan, I'd like to see NATO and the UN putting resources to taking over this NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT and find a workable solution.

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      • mopar69 mopar69

        Agreed. I would imagine if MOX was in the tanks, there would be high cpm readings in all directions in the vicinity of the tanks, though I'm not certain. Why they aren't using scintillators of spectroscopy on these ares is beyond me. Both methods would detect exactly which particles are present and in what amount. This would give them an indicator as to the cause thus the source. Some organization other than those currently involved sure as hell needs to intervene.

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    • According to one news source, there are two guys wandering around once a week, with no meter, checking for leaks.

      That's it.

      And if a meter is used, it maxes out at 100 mSv.

      The tanks are emitting gamma radiation, so much that Arnie Gunderson has said it is dangerous to even walk around them.

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  • Wooster

    So the latest plan is to build an ice wall around the plant.

    How will this differ from the solid barrier that has already been constructed around parts of the plant (except that it might be high enough reach ground level this time)? The existing solid barrier has caused as much harm as good by retaining groundwater on the site and making the soil unstable.

    How will the ice wall work on the seaward side of the plant? As the reactors are just a few metres from the sea is there even room for the ice wall?

    If you send the groundwater around the site with the ice wall, you still have 300 tonnes of water every day being sprayed over the reactors to deal with.

    There is also no guarantee that all of the groundwater rushing towards the site can be diverted, and you will also have hundreds of tons of groundwater hitting the outside of the ice wall everyday. Is the technology robust enough for this eventuality?

    Finally there will be the problem of destabilization of the ground INSIDE the ring of ice. The soil on the site is used to dealing with groundwater running through it. Take away the groundwater and you are left with soil that will dry out unevenly. This is exactly what happens to houses built in clay during a hot summer – you get subsidence.

    I am glad to see the Japanese government finally waking up to this problem and committing funds to try and contain it, but it is definitely far too little too late, and I am not sure this solution has been thought…

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  • Robin of Loxley

    These are certainly not 'tank leaks' like they claim. Even they admitted that the tank levels were the same around these extremely radiactive areas.

    Seems like the corium might be fissioning and coming to the surface. If this keeps up, the plant will eventually become too radioactive and will have to be abandoned.

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  • Nigwil

    Apart from the huge expense and vast eternal energy demands, the ice wall will be useless. The groundwater is already close to ground level, and with the ice wall stopping flow below ground level the groundwater will very promptly over-top the wall and head for the Pacific just like it is wont to do today.

    Just another 'make it look like we are doing something' effort by the clueless in an attempt to fool the innocents. Duh!

    With great regret I have just taken the last few tins of sardines and tuna out of the cupboard and put them in the trash. Brunswick, John West, Sea Lord; all gone. I no longer trust any 'food' that comes out of the ocean, or from the Pacific coast of America.

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    • Sickputer

      Nigwil typed these words of prophecy: " Apart from the huge expense and vast eternal energy demands, the ice wall will be useless."

      SP: I agree, but they probably will never reach the implementation or even initial stages of construction. Just hot air from Tokyo. I think the leaders are financially and morally bankrupt much like a few other countries I could list.

      At this stage of the disaster (unless Yoichi Shimatsu's secret theory is correct which I remain unconvinced) the strategy is a waiting game. The coriums have the bases loaded, no outs and a big hitter is batting and another is on deck. I'm betting on the alien isotopes to knock one out of the park in the near future.

      We will all be the losing team.

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  • vicky13 vicky13

    Good Morning Folks,,

    On a upside MSM is finally covering this disaster.

    I see more articles daily after over 2 years of total news blackout.

    This group I am certain is making a difference.

    vickyb in ottawa

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fissioning corriums under Japan is the problem right now.

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  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    I wish I was surprised.
    Pacific dumping has been primed.

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