Scientists: Radioactivity in sea NOT falling off — Hypothesis says Fukushima groundwater is leaking radiation

Published: September 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am ET


Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea, New York Times, September 27, 2011:

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  • Off the coast, the early results indicate that very large amounts of radioactive materials were released, and may still be leaking.
  • The scientists had expected to find ocean radiation levels falling off sharply after a few months.
  • “Rather than leveling off toward zero, it remained elevated in late July,” up to about 10,000 becquerel per cubic meter, said Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who in 1986 studied the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the Black Sea. “That suggests the release problem has not been solved yet.”
  • The working hypothesis is that contaminated sediments and groundwater near the coast are continuing to contaminate the seas, Buesseler said.
  • The international team also collected plankton samples and small fish for study. Buesseler said there were grounds for concern about bioaccumulation of radioactive isotopes in the food chain, particularly in seaweed and some shellfish close to the plants.
Published: September 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am ET


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14 comments to Scientists: Radioactivity in sea NOT falling off — Hypothesis says Fukushima groundwater is leaking radiation

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Once again, great work NYT on finally catching up to what the rest of us figured out in March. Now how about really revealing on the whole situation there and oh, I don’t know, actually reporting. Oops, sorry, forgot journalism is dead.

    More dribbling releases….

  • mungo mungo

    2 quakes in last hour

  • StillJill StillJill

    OOPSY DAISY,…was Tacomagroove right afterall?????

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      Dear Still: Was TG right about what? I only pop in here occassionally as my semester is rolling again. Please repeat what he was talking about. Thank you very much. I hope you and yours are well.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Shallow quakes? Leaks spewing MASSIVE radiation out of new cracks being forced by some unimaginable force???? “Dar she BLOWS” Tacoma was right!

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    My bets are on that TG was certainly onto something.

    I suspect that japan is experiencing so many earthquakes due to all of the heavier elements from the reactors sinking into the ground. Radiation is akin to liquid fire, and has the potential to cause liquefaction in the tectonic plates underneath japan. (Its when the soils/rocks begin to behave as liquids) This would cause major flooding, ground displacement, and volcanic eruptions. All of which we’ve already seen occur to this poor nation.

    Alas, without appropriate data (which regular citizens like you and I will never see) in its entirety, over the time period of this disaster, there’s no way to know for certain. We’ll only see what TEPCO and IAEA will allow us to see

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      Just to let you know, I asked TG about this article, and she doesn’t think that is what happened, although she said that she thinks some of the fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool may have toppled.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Not just groundwater contaminating… what about all that recriticality that was happening? The ground under this plant is FUBAR… Why is Tepco still in charge? Didn’t we learn anything from the Gulf spill? Where is the Japanese military? All pro nuke folks should be mandated to be over there “helping”… we would really see what kind of support the industry has. I keep thinking that the Simpsons has been part of the propaganda machine. Us Americans are indoctrinated to believe the person running the plant is a dumb ass, and look… everything is ok.. and it is no unusual thing, that a moron is in charge of the species.