NHK: Sinking ground at Fukushima plant may have deformed tank, leading to leak of extremely contaminated water (VIDEO)

Published: August 25th, 2013 at 6:53 pm ET
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Title: Ground subsidence could have damaged leaky tank at Fukushima plant
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: August 25, 2013
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Ground subsidence could have damaged leaky tank at Fukushima plant

A tank that caused a serious leakage of radioactive water in the compound of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was transferred to its current location after causing the ground to subside where it was previously situated, Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the plant, said on Aug. 24.

“The sinking may have deformed or damaged the tank” -NHK

TEPCO said the tank may have been damaged or distorted when the ground settled unevenly, which led to the leakage of about 300 tons of water highly contaminated with radioactive materials. [...]

[...] It is made of steel plates connected with bolts, rather than being welded [...]

[July 2011] workers poured water into [three] tanks to see whether they would leak. At that time, the ground subsided about 20 centimeters. [...]

About 350 tanks of the same structure are currently being used [...]

See also: 'Growing Alarm': 25 trillion becquerels of Fukushima radioactive material leaks into ground -- Kyodo News Advisory: Exact source of extreme contamination unknown; Tank missing 300,000 liters (VIDEO)

“We are considering replacing them with new ones” -Tepco Official, Aug. 24, 2013

Watch NHK’s broadcast here

Published: August 25th, 2013 at 6:53 pm ET
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36 comments to NHK: Sinking ground at Fukushima plant may have deformed tank, leading to leak of extremely contaminated water (VIDEO)

  • meowmix

    This is like saying the 125th car in a 126 car pile-up was the cause of the accident.

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    • They poured water in to the tanks to "SEE IF THEY LEAKED"…

      Sounds like a rube goldberg kind of operation.. with no rebar in cement underneath tanks, and rubber gaskets holding tanks and bolts together.

      No welds, because that would COST TOO MUCH.

      Rubber gaskets are cheaper, even though they may only last a year..

      No wonder the place is leaking like a sieve in a downpour.

      No one seems to care either… no outrage, no one fired, no one called on the carpet….

      Just silence… sweet silence…..

      and invisible radiation spreading out in waves across the globe… sweet radiation, how wonderful the blue glow is that everyone can bask in for free.

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      • In other words, they had no confidence in the tanks that were delivered to them, because they were made with no warranty.

        Thus, they had to test each tank for leaks before they could use it, as that was not a condition of the build and deliver, or so it seems.

        Did the tanks even have to hold water?

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Other countries should donate tanks and whatever else is needed, anything that can help.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Tank may have deformed when land subsided"
    Tank is deforming as the land subsides.

    Have they stopped the subsidence?
    Tanks..(as in more than one) are deforming and corroding as land continues to subside.

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  • dosdos dosdos

    I'm goin' down, down, down, down down, down……..

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  • Wooster

    So, the subsidence was nothing to do with the recent quakes near Fukushima then?

    If these tanks can spring leaks from just their own weight, how many will leak after the next small quake?

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    • We Not They Finally

      There was NO BUILDING CODE applied to those tanks. They were thrown together from spare parts from defunct factories. They were not even guaranteed to last a year. THAT'S the level of concern for the entirety of the planet — humans, plants, animals, everything.

      I'm a non-violent person, but if some of the TEPCO crowd were publicly "taken care of" in full public view, the only crying I would do would be for all the innocents they have destroyed.

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      • Building codes, for a nuclear plant? Safety standards? Warranties? Double walls? Welded seams? Guaranteed to last at least 50 years? Electronic monitors for leaks? Radiation detectors around each tank?

        That's for SISSIE LA LA LA's and WUSSES

        Bring in more duct tape, baling wire…

        wrap each tank at least once… it will hold.

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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    This community was challenged by the use of the pejorative, "whistleblower"

    The public is split on how far government should go in the exercise of it's power (Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning)

    Planet X…?

    Didn't an unforeseen asteroid chunk explode over Russia..? Did an ELE wipe out the dinosaurs?

    You'd better bring your A game to this thread if you seek contributors to this community.

    Keep it coming PattieB…

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    • We Not They Finally

      Be patient, Michael. Some of the people posting (like yes, PattieB) are fabulous in the educated info they provide. But anyone who cares enough to check in, should be welcomed. They are at least bucking the apathy. They at least want to know.

      The challenge is still communal, since we are now into SURVIVAL. And even breaking patterns of DENIAL is daunting, whether people have scientific know-how or not.

      My husband actually "called" Fukushima some days in advance. He said, "Something terrible is abut to happen. It's the beginning of the end." Then when it hit, we knew right away, and we've been grieving ever since. But we STILL had to work through denial because it's overwhelming.

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  • Jebus Jebus

    Speaking of land subsided, does anyone realize the cumulative weight of all those tanks and the tons of water they hold adding to the already overburdened land fill by the reactors and the cement pads they reas on? It boggles the mind.

    Dr. Chris Busby weighs in heavy on Fukushima at Veterans Today

    Let me lead you through what the spent fuel pond of Reactor 4 contains in the way of radionuclides. I was taken to task after my last article for not listing enough of the radionuclide contaminants. So for the record, though some may find it boring, let me remedy that. It is an impressive list of lethal material:

    Strontium-89, Strontium-90, Yttrium-90, Zirconium-95, Niobium-95, Ruthenium-106, Rhodium-106, Antimony-125, Iodine-131, Xenon-133, Caesium-137, Caesium-134, Cerium-144 (loads of this), Protoactinium-147, Europium-154, Plutonium-238, 239, 240, 241, Americium (Yes)-241 and 243, Curium-242,243,244, and of course Uranium 238,235 and 234.

    These are the main ones. There are a lot more, and decay daughters of these also. It is a scary amount of invisible death. The total quantity of all these in the spent fuel pool of reactor 4 is about 10 to the 21st Becquerels, if we leave out the noble gases and iodines maybe 10 to the 20th (that is, 1 with 20 zeroes). Maybe 50 to 100 Chernobyl accidents worth, or more depending on what you believe came out of Chernobyl.

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    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA


      The ground could have taken the weight, as it would actually provide a sort of compaction, however, with the ice dam and the continual leaking, this is was causes the sagging and instability of the land. Also, it was stated the core melted through the bedrock. We need to cross our fingers large earthquake will stay away as that parcel is now at a High risk for liquefaction.

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      • We Not They Finally

        NB-USA: But a few weeks back, there was a "strong 6" earthquake right there and there was the usual announcement of "no immediate damage." But that's when all the open panic started right in Japan. So some new stage of the cataclysm ALREADY HAPPENED.

        And who trusts the seismic readings? Dutchsinse discovered long since that the USGS routinely downgrades the original readings.

        So what we are afraid "might happen" might well have ALREADY happened.

        Also with subsidence, it's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" AT BEST. Ungodly amounts of lethal water pour into the Pacific every day, OR they are somehow contained and held back. But if they are held back, then the ground becomes so hyper-saturated, that reactor 4 topples for one thing (if it has not already!!) and maybe even reactor 2 (which they claim is a melt-DOWN, but not a melt-THROUGH) falls down too.

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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      WE should/will all heave up/puke up all our own blood in unison and we must all be patient for what comes this way!

      Nothing is going to stop the pain and suffering caused by this ongoing Nuclear Industry folly!

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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    …if you seek to discredit contributors to this community.

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  • jackassrig

    Large tanks-100000 bbl-sink 8", 10", 12" when loaded. The ground acts as a spring. When there're empty they move up again. These tanks don't hold 100000 bbls but I'm sure when loaded they will sink 20cm due to the spongy soil and loading. I'm not sure if these tanks are resting on a concrete pad or build on top of the soil.

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  • We Not They Finally

    They are still saying that all this panic is over "A TANK"???? Are they out of THEIR freaking minds, or they are just counting on US being brain-dead?

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  • ftlt

    I wonder, where they are getting there cooling water from???..

    Massive amounts must be being used… Are they using on site ground water wells for cooling water???

    Makes sense to do that given that the earthquake may have damaged other normal water delivery systems and repairs in a radiated zone may have been nixed as an expensive and too risky of a project…

    Over drafting of an aquifer can cause major subsidence..

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    • We Not They Finally

      fttt, those are all good points. But the very premise of how "cooling" works in this situation (as you may well agree) is based upon MASSIVE LIES. In NPPs, "cooling" is done through running a controlled water supply (I guess through pipes) into a contained area of fuel. But here the NPP is itself SITTING ON AN AQUIFER and the melted-through CORIUMS have been sinking deeper and deeper into the ground.

      "Corium meets aquifer" meets no definition of controlled cooling!! It's just a giant, uncontrolled nuclear hell down there. And if there is RE-criticality (which the radionuclides showing up SAY that there is)then the water pouring through the underground of the plant becomes steam, with tremendous pressure and force, either to push out to the sea or explode upwards.

      fttt, they have NO "normal water delivery systems" left there!! And all the money in the world might not fix this. We pray for SOME containment, ANY containment. But good chance, it's way past that by now.

      We (husband and I) are so angry and so sad, but it might now just be a matter of "Brace for impact!"

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  • UncleCrusty

    What I saw the other day from tepco news conf. and the report, this is typical of ALL the tanks. The concrete pads… HAVE NO REBAR! They are basiclly mortar on mud. The ground is liquifying and they will continue to have this problem…. Tank after tank after tank.
    They also had no sight gauges – meaning they have no clue how much is actually there vs when the tanks were filled.

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    What's with the blue tarp and what looks like blue bags in the tank pic?

    Also, does it look like a large leak in the bottom corner, coming out of the set of tanks?

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Group its much, much bigger problem than a few tanks that are leaking and sadly it's now the under ground riverbed that is a Direct Catheter IV pouring directly into the entire Pacific Ocean!

    This Nuclear Radiation Contamination with all its manmade (Not of this Earth) poison IV can/will not be turned off…ever/never!

    Best too prepare for what comes this way and it will not be pretty for any of us still alive..

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    When you play around with stars one must understand the true power and awe of such a creation!

    Maybe we should build more radiant stars on the surface of the planet?

    Should we extend the operational lives of all our existing rattle traps (Manmade Stars) we have created that are now operating all over the surface of this planet?

    How many Radioactive Catheters and IV's loaded with radioactive poison do we need in order to see the truth?

    Have any of us seen someone die from cancer and/or other diseases that have no reason for the why?

    Do any of us know someone with cancer, battling cancer and/or some other disease today?

    In the real world, these would be very easy questions to answer. In our world I will refer to what a bright fellow once stated.

    What was Einstein's definition of insanity?
    Einstein |ˈīnˌstīn|
    Einstein, Albert (1879–1955), U.S. theoretical physicist; born in Germany; founder of the theory of relativity in 1905. Often regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century, he was influential in the decision to build an atomic bomb. After World War II, however, he spoke out against nuclear weapons.
    • [as n. ] ( an Einstein) a genius.

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  • FXofTruth

    Of course the tanks have failed.
    TEPCO always fails at whatever it does.
    The whole complex was a failure before it was built.

    Failed educations and failed morality has caused all this.
    Minds that could have done good instead, worried about profit.
    Technology that could have been focused on renewable resourcing instead, developed around a finite energy source. ("spent fuel" is NOT the result from an endless supply of power! Nothing in a renewable source is ever "spent." "Spent fuel" makes the source finite….like human intelligence that is focused on profit!)

    So, for all the useless technology developments and lies and wasted money poured into nuclear power….it was all so a few evil people could walk away with trillions of dollars….Mankind now is threatened with extinction. Ignorance and shirking responsibilities toward the planet and other people, has a heavy price on it….and we are about to pay that price with our lives…..

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  • AntonButler

    1.The Japanese built 4 nuclear reactors on sinking ground.
    Only 10 meters above sea level,because of the cost the running of sea water pumps would be less.
    2.The only good thing about Fukushima, is that there is so much information on mistakes by Tepco and the Japanese government,
    that you could do a 5 year Engineering course, then a Masters, and then a Doctorate , JUST on Fukushima,
    and you still would not understand half of the events.
    In fact you could study Fukushima meltdown for 50 years and be confused.
    What is confusing is "why build a certain nuclear accident".

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